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Sofia Hussain grew up in Cupertino, California (the birthplace of Apple computers) and completed her undergraduate degree in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. She then moved to the University of South Florida to complete her Master’s degree by studying the molecular evolution of sea urchin genes and worked in an immunology lab at a Comprehensive Cancer Center. She met her husband in Florida then a few years later moved to San Francisco. Ms. Hussain has worked at various Biotech companies from Amgen to Genetic and has contributed to several publications in the fields of genetics, immunology, and cancer.
6 years ago Ms. Hussain realized how much she missed teaching and mentoring students in her lab: discovering science was much more exciting when there were students to share the information with. She made the career switch to teaching and fell in love with the NGSS curriculum. She has taught a variety of science classes at public and private schools at the middle and high school level. Her last school specialized in teaching students with executive functioning disorders (Non-Verbal Learning Disorders or on the Autism/Aspergers spectrum) and she enjoyed creating immersive, entertaining, and challenging curriculum that enabled students to build a solid foundation in science and 21st century skills essential for thriving in the world after high school.
During the eclipse Ms. Hussain visited some friends in the Portland area and fell in love with the city. She moved to Portland in the Summer of 2019 her husband and her two Australian Shepherds. Starting at Park Academy for the 2019-2020 school year, she is excited to be a part of the community.