Biography of Faatimah Muhammad

Faatimah Muhammad is the Director for the Impact Aid Program in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, at the U.S. Department of Education.

Faatimah Muhammad joined the U.S. Department of Education in 2015. Most recently she served as a supervisory education program specialist in the Office of School Support and Accountability in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. In this position, she was responsible for the oversight and administration of several programs including: Title I, Part D, Neglected, Delinquent, or at Risk Children or Youth; McKinney Vento, Education for Homeless Children and Youth; Title II, Part A, Supporting Effective Instruction; Title III, Part A, English Language Acquisitions; and the Foster Care provisions under Title I, Part A.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education, she worked as an instructional systems specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity in the Office of Student Support Services and Special Education Branch. In this role, she was responsible for the implementation of the gifted education, Advanced Placement (AP) and AVID Program for Department of Defense Schools in Europe, the Pacific, and Americas.

In addition to her work in the Federal government, Faatimah has experience at the local level and in the private sector. She began her career in public education as a high school science teacher in DeKalb County Schools. During her time in DeKalb, she held other positions such as k-12 district science coordinator and building level administrator. From there, she went on to work as a consultant and Assistant Director for the nonprofit AVID Center that focused on closing the achieve gap for all students in school districts across the U.S. In this role, she supported the program implementation of a college readiness system, wrote science curriculum, and provided professional learning to educators across the nation.

Faatimah completed her Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Nova Southeastern University, holds a master’s degree in Secondary Science Education from the University of West Georgia and a Bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in microbiology and a minor in chemistry from Georgia State University. She obtained her credentials in Education Leadership and Administration for School Administration and Supervision (K-12) and Gifted Education at the University of Georgia.