Stevens was raised in Atlanta, and grew up under this canopy city with freedom to roam. She went to the Lovett School for 13 years. A goalkeeper from age 5, Stevens was a two-year starter for the Brown University Women’s Soccer team, winning the Ivy League Championship. Beginning with babysitting at seven, she has been working with kids and youths all her life as a tutor, instructor, mentor or coach.
After university, Stevens lived in San Francisco for 10 years working in public school reform focusing on teacher quality as a grantmaker. She has worked as an ethnographer in Thailand, an Associated Press writer in Jerusalem and Gaza, a daily newspaper editor and columnist in Istanbul, and a director of an award-winning documentary in Turkey about a Kurdish girl who wrestles in the World Championships.
These days, Stevens is thrilled to be working toward Waldorf grades teacher certification while taking all the foundations classes she can. Raising their boys together, my husband Inan (ee-NAN) and I, bring Turkey’s traditional textiles to a contemporary marketplace.
Born in Istanbul, our two sons are Jon Luka and Max. Jon Luka are at Mary Lin public school.
Stevens is the happiest hiking where moss grows, swimming where snakes don’t, reading dialogue that cuts to the truth, cooking when she can sing and maybe dance, playing anything with her kids by the fire in the mountains, and eating with family and friends in Turkey. Oh, and going to bazaars, of course!