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Summer Principals Academy NYC
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Safia Sadiq

Safiyah Sadiq, an educator with a MA in Educational Administration, School Principal and Supervisor Certification from Rutgers University, has always had a love for being involved in her community and a desire to impact change. As an undergraduate at William Paterson University, Ms. Sadiq became heavily involved in her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, where she served as Vice President and spearheaded many programs revolving around service and education for the Paterson youth. In 2006 she graduated with her BA in Psychology and Education, and often returns to motivate incoming students to achieve and excel. 

 Soon after graduation, she obtained her first teaching position in Plainfield NJ while concurrently beginning her graduate program at Rutgers University. Throughout the years of her enrollment, she spent her time teaching, researching policy, and observing the impact that strong leaders have had on the educational community. Three (3) years later this pushed her to develop a program that would impact Plainfield, and inspire inner cities to make changes in their communities for the betterment of the students they served. Inspired by President Barack Obama’s ability to move the average everyday American citizen to a sustained action and involvement, her response was to focus on moving the average child. As Chief Author of her charter, on June 22, 2009, Ms. Sadiq successfully founded The Barack Obama Green Charter High School and was appointed as the school’s Principal. At age 25, Ms. Sadiq became the youngest school Founder, Principal, and Chief Education Officer in the state and has proudly watched her vision of service and sustainability become a reality. Currently, in addition to leadership, Ms. Sadiq volunteers her time working with other school leaders and potential charter founders to conduct Community Needs Assessments and develop sound educational approaches and pedagogies that meet the needs of their respective students.