July 1, 2021
Assalamu Alikum FEA Families,
I would like to announce that I have accepted the position as the new principal of Folsom Educational Academy, the director of the preschool program, and the director of the afterschool program. I am not new to the school or to the community. I have worked as a teacher at Folsom Educational Academy for the past three years, and I served as the vice principal of the school this past school year.
I obtained a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at California State University, Sacramento. I have over twenty years’ experience as an educator in both public and private schools, and I am a mother of two high schoolers.
I was born and raised in Egypt, and I immigrated to America more than 25 years ago. I strongly believe in equity and accessibility, and I respect diversity. However, I am a firm believer in the importance of establishing a strong cultural and religious identity. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature at Alexandria University, Egypt, and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, (TESOL) with emphasis on English for Specific Purposes (ESP) at San Jose State University in California. I am a certified English, ESL and Parent Education teacher. I have extensive training in elementary and middle school education with emphasis on social justice.
In addition, I am a certified general education teacher (K-8). I have expertise working in both rural and urban elementary and middle school settings. I also have extensive experience with children 0-5 years old. Lastly, I am a certified school administrator with a focus on being a positive change agent and an advocate for equity, cultural sensitivity and access for all.
I am committed to creating a positive learning environment for all our students and to prepare the new generations to meet the demands of college and beyond while maintaining and having pride in their cultural and religious identity.
I understand that it takes a village to raise a child, and I rely on your support to help me serve our community and create generations of conscientious Muslims who continue the legacy and become positive change agents in our communities.
May Allah (SWT) accept our deeds, reward our efforts, and bless our community.
Jazzakum Allahu Khairan for supporting the school and the community,
Dr. Fatma Elsawaf
Principal/Director of the Pre-school and After-school Programs
Folsom Educational Academy