Sarah Farzayee

Sarah Farzayee

Director of Extended Day & Auxiliary Programs
“You get to see the world through children’s eyes,” says Director of Extended Day and Auxiliary Programs Sarah Farzayee as she reaches for words to explain the most central joy of teaching, a joy that has infused her roles as tutor and enrichment teacher, education management professional, lead instructor, and educational facilitator for families in schools throughout Northern Virginia. She is also co-founder and a remote director of the Sarah Farzayee School in Afghanistan. In that setting, her role has encompassed all aspects of school life, including curriculum, administration, and the safety of children and adults.

Although, years ago, she imagined herself destined for a career in the medical field, an internship in a school brought Ms. Farzayee an unexpected, deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment. “I would sit and absorb colors and experiences, as if I had entered a different world,” she says, thinking about that time. It set her on a new path.

At Green Hedges, Ms. Farzayee has found a home for her talents and interests. It is a place she describes as “hidden away with trees and nature, and with a warm, nurturing community.” As she implements the traditional components of the Extended Day program and provides additional academic resources to students and teachers, Ms. Farzayee uses her creativity and passion for learning in a way that takes root in the lives of her students. “I want them to teach themselves,” she says of her educational philosophy,” adding, “I give them the tools.”

A native of Port Washington, New York, Ms. Farzayee grew up in Northern Virginia, where she lives with her husband and two sons. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington, and is completing coursework toward a Certificate in Education Management and Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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