Jamilah Seifullah, Designer of HPCS and Principal
Jamilah Seifullah was a founding teacher at PTECH, the innovative new model for high school in Crown Heights that President Obama visited in October 2013. It was because of her different approaches to teaching, such as a successful student-teaching initiative and emphasis on hands-on projects, that Ms. Seifullah was chosen to host President Obama when he visited the school along with the first group of students she helped accelerate into college courses in their 9th grade year.
It is this level of commitment to academic excellence, high expectations for all students and innovative instructional strategies that Ms. Seifullah brings to this community and school. These young people and many of their peers have successfully completed several college classes and are well on their way to attaining a high school diploma while earning an Associates Degree simultaneously.
Her class has served as a lab, visited by Chancellor Walcott, Commissioner King, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan and many others. This has been highlighted by national and local news outlets such as: IBM’s citizen blog, ABC 7, The New York Times, The Daily News, Gotham Schools, and The White House press office. Ms. Seifullah has spoken on educational panels at Harvard University and for PBS.
Ms. Seifullah was the Workplace Learning Coordinator at PTECH, working with partners IBM and CUNY to develop the mentor program and project-based curriculum. She also led the Math department and co-facilitated a Small Learning Community of 140 students and 10 teachers.
Ms. Seifullah is a native New Yorker, raised in The Bronx and resides in East New York. She is proud to say that she was educated through the public school system where she received a solid foundation. After college Ms. Seifullah was a Software Engineer at Verizon for 8 years before leaving to pursue her passion for education. This passion developed through volunteering that she did as an employee. She saw the need for people with qualified math and IT backgrounds to teach. It was this work that laid the foundation for her commitment to working through projects and community service.
Always one to walk-the-walk in addition to talking the talk she has structured her life around supporting our children and supporting public schools. She saw what was missing in her daughters education and became increasingly involved as a parent and frustrated by what she saw happening to children in failing schools all over the city.