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Sophia Seifert, MS Ed

Research analyst

Sophia is a doctoral researcher at Temple University College of Education in the Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies Division. Sophia supports Bloom with research initiatives, drawing on her classroom and nonprofit experience.

Sophia started her career in education as a Teach For America teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. She went on to teach science in Philadelphia district and charter schools for six years. During her time as a teacher, Sophia was a founding team member of a turnaround school, developed and directed an honors academy, and wrote and delivered an interdisciplinary, multi-year, middle-school science curriculum. Sophia also spent three years supporting novice teachers as a middle years teaching methods instructor in the University of Pennsylvania’s urban teachers’ master’s program. After leaving the classroom, Sophia continued to support schools through her work with nonprofits, philanthropy, and higher education. In these roles, Sophia focused on professional development, strategic planning, grant management, and program operations.

Sophia has a Master of Science in Science Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in US History from Bowdoin College. When she isn’t working, you can find Sophia volunteering as a sexual health educator with Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA, working in her rooftop vegetable garden, or running on the Schuylkill River Trail.