Dr. Jaafar is a mother of four (three girls and one boy). She loves spending time with her family, traveling, writing, and reading. Her life's passion is to help others and in educating students of all ages. Dr. Jaafar's own educational journey is as follows:
- K-12 Education in West New York, NJ (Memorial High School graduate, 1995)
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Education (Certified K-8 Teacher)
- Master of Arts in Urban Education - specializing in Administration and Supervision
- Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology specializing in K-12 Education, Learning, and Technology (Dissertation Title: Teacher Perceptions of Technology Integration and the Teacher-Student Relationship in the Middle School Classroom: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis)
Dr. Jaafar has been teaching in grades K-8 since the year 2000, primarily in the middle school where she taught English and Science. Currently, she is in the interventionist role as a Title I teacher for grades one and two at Lincoln School. She also serves as the Student Assistance Resource Personnel (SARP) for Lincoln School offering assistance to students and their families who need resources for mental health services and substance abuse services in our community. Dr. Jaafar also serves as a member of the Lincoln School Data Committee helping teachers analyze data to drive instruction. She also sits on the North Bergen School District Technology Committee working with other educators to bridge the transition of 21st Century Learning with technology integration. Dr. Jaafar is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Committee on the Hudson County Professional Learning Community.
Dr. Jaafar has had the privilege of serving as a teacher's assistance at the doctoral level during her doctoral studies. She is currently an adjunct professor as well as a dissertation reader for other doctoral students. She has had the honor of participating in a study abroad to Durban, South Africa in 2017 offering teachers and administrators workshops on topics related to ADD/ADHD, classroom management, discipline, and technology integration and collaborated with psychology members of the University of KwaZulu-Natal on the mental health support for students affected by HIV/AIDS. She continues to participate in conducting educational research with other educational researchers in the United States, presenting in educational conferences, and writing to publish in various platforms. Her research interests are in the teacher-student relationship, technology integration, effective instructional practices for 21st century teaching and learning, trauma in children and trauma-informed practices in schools, impulse control disorders in the classroom, executive functioning, parental support, teacher support and professional development, and how mental health affects children, adolescents, and adults socially, emotionally, and academically.
Dr. Jaafar is a member of the following professional organizations:
- American Psychological Association (APA) – Member (Division 15 Educational Psychology)
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) - Member
- Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education - Member