Farida Mama

2017-18 Fisher Fellow Farida Mama

Farida Mama is an educator whose greatest passion is teaching and inspiring the next generation of world leaders. Farida is honored and humbled to learn and lead alongside educators committed to building and sustaining extraordinary school communities.

Farida began her career as a TFA corps member teaching English as a Second Language and Mathematics in Boston Public Schools. Later, she became the founding 5th grade math teacher at an in-district turnaround school within the UP Education Network. In one year, Farida’s 5th grade mathematicians achieved the #1 Mathematics Growth Percentile in the state of Massachusetts. After working as a founding 5th grade math teacher, Farida joined the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College as a Principal Resident.

Farida is committed to creating a rigorous and joyful classroom environment in collaboration with students and their families. Farida cares deeply about culturally responsive teaching practices and served as a founding member of the Diversity Task Force at UP Academy Dorchester. As a member of the Diversity Task Force, Farida helped develop and lead professional development series around identity, culture and equity. In addition to teaching,

Farida has worked with TFA and the MATCH Teacher Residency where she coached and provided professional development for both new teachers and teacher coaches.

Farida is an alumna of the Teach Plus Policy Fellowship, where she advocated for educational policy at the local and national level. In October of 2013, Farida was one of two Teach Plus Fellows to meet with President Obama, Former Secretary of Education John King and Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about standardized testing in classrooms. Additionally, Farida is a recipient of the Sontag Prize in Urban Education, the UP Education Network Excellence in Teaching Award and the Teach For America Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award. Farida earned her B.A. from the University of Connecticut, and her M.Ed from Boston University.

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