Ms. Zafari earned her Bachelor of Arts in French Translation in 2010. Following her passion for working with bilingual children, she moved to the U.S. and earned her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners from George Mason University in 2015. While there, she won the Redjali graduate scholarship from College of Education and Human Development.
Before joining BASIS Independent McLean, she was a Head Start and VPI teacher in Alexandria, Virginia. She still serves as the director of Yekibood, a Saturday school for Iranian-American children in Falls Church.
Ms. Zafari's goal as a BASIS Independent McLean educator is to create a safe, approachable, nurturing, and joyful environment that keeps the integrity of each child's creativity and curiosity. She believes when children have opportunities to make choices in an environment which is inspiring and exciting, they are more motivated and interested to learn.
Ms. Zafari enjoys cooking, traveling, dancing, listening, and making music playlists for her friends to enjoy.