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SADAF SYED

FIFTH GRADE TEACHER

Sadaf was born and raised in Astoria, Queens, and now lives out on Long Island with her husband and one and a half year old daughter Sofia. Becoming a teacher is something that she was interested in ever since she was a little girl. There were many teachers in her life that made an impact on her as a child, and these collective experiences inspired her decision to pursue a career as an educator.

Sadaf received her Bachelor’s in Childhood Education from Hunter College, and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Literacy Education (Birth - Grade 6) from Hunter as well. Her work with gifted students also led her to become certified in K-12 Gifted and Talented Education.

For nine memorable years, Sadaf taught fifth grade at the Talented and Gifted School for Young Scholars (TAG) in the East Harlem section of Manhattan, and spent many years being a mentor to new teachers and a teacher leader for the fifth grade team. She then went on to teach Social Studies to 5th and 6th graders in a departmentalized structure for two years. At TAG, Sadaf had the privilege of teaching students who came from many diverse cultural backgrounds and traveled from all over the five boroughs of New York City to come to school. Sadaf joined the PS 527 community as a founding fifth grade teacher three years ago.

Developing a strong culture of community in the classroom is something that Sadaf has always believed in. Sadaf’s goal as a fifth grade teacher is to always support and encourage her students to celebrate and respect each other’s differences, to become independent critical thinkers, while also cultivating an environment in which students feel safe, welcomed, and accepted. She strives to join together with students to create and nurture a positive, supportive, and cooperative classroom environment in which students have opportunities to share their thoughts, voice their opinions, and value their hard work and efforts.

Sadaf is excited for the new school year to begin and is looking forward to continuing her journey with the students, families, and staff that make up the PS 527 family!