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QC Alum, Sabaa Daly Receives Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics
In November, Sabaa Zickriam Daly (BA '04 and MsED '07) proudly received the Fund for the City of New York and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s 2010 Arthur Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science. Daly, along with six other fellow recipients were recognized as “teachers who achieve superb academic results, who are leaders in excellence in their schools and who inspire their students to pursue careers in these fields.”  As an educator, Daly inspires her students to be passionate about learning with her informal approach to education as well as conveying vital life experiences.        

Known for her winsome smile, as a teenager, Daly was inspired to pursue a career in education during her high school years at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens. “I was really inspired by my teachers and guidance counselors. I had some rough times and they encouraged me to stay in school. I wanted to be that person for others,” she says. It was the encouragement and positive influences during her times of doubt and frustration that brought about her need to change the way education is represented to students.      

In continuing her education goals, Daly is a second year student in the QC Educational Leadership Program where there is a strong emphasis on preparing effective school leaders in the New York City metropolitan area. “I always wanted to continue my education practice in distributive leadership,” Daly emphasizes. The staff and faculty of the program also admire her dedication to education. Associate Professor and Coordinator, Terrence Quinn reflects on Daly’s accomplishments with much adulation. “Sabaa is well deserving of this award because she always speaks with one objective in mind, that is, what is in the best interests of students? She conveys unusual passion and energy on behalf of her students.”           

Daly currently teaches Math at the Queens High School for Teaching where she inspires her students and promotes quality education through her inventive teaching tactics such as, informal cafeteria sessions for students as well as her foresight at faculty meetings. When notified by the award committee about her accomplishment, Daly expressed feelings of shock, amazement and humbleness. “Teaching is my love and passion. To be recognized for that, it felt really nice.” Though nominations for the awards are anonymous, Daly admits she questioned her co-workers to which they merely responded with a smile.       

There is no doubt among her colleagues that no one is more deserving of the Sloan Award than Daly. Her future career goals reaches further than the four walls of a classroom. “Someday I want to be a principal of a school or leader of a building. I want to inspire my students to be better and to realize that mathematics is not a frightening beast. I also want to inspire teachers and I want to teach and help our future.”  It is those aspirations that continue to drive Daly to treat each day as an opportunity to change lives. From humble beginnings to extraordinary endings, her infectious charm and passion to teach is what draws students out of the harsh streets and into a classroom.


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