Farida Mama | Resident Principal, UP Academy Leonard
After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Farida began her career as a TFA corps member teaching at the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School in Dorchester, MA. At the Frederick, she grew passionate about building conceptual mathematical understanding as well as love of Mathematics in middle school and elementary school scholars. After teaching at the Frederick, Farida became the founding 5th grade math teacher at UP Academy Dorchester. In one year, Farida’s 5th grade mathematicians achieved the #1 mathematics growth percentile in the state of Massachusetts.
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 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 new teachers.
Farida is an alumni of the Teach Plus Policy Fellowship, where she advocated for educational policy at the local and national level. In October of 2015, Farida was one of two Teach Plus Fellows to meet with President Obama, 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, earned the UP Education Network Excellence in Teaching Award and was a recipient of 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.