Introducing Neda Ebrahimi, LS Student Support Counselor

Carolyn Borman
This is part of a series of introductions of our new faculty and staff with a comment from their Director.

From Lower School Director, Meghan Stott: 
Neda holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and comes to Roeper with a wealth of experience working as a counselor in school settings. Most recently, she served as the Lead Upper School Counselor at Cranbrook Schools where she designed and implemented the Upper School’s first comprehensive counseling program. Neda also led a series of successful initiatives implementing evidence-based programs such as Social Emotional Learning, Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions and Restorative practices.  She also believes that dance is an important domain that supports physical health and emotional wellness in student success. I am so happy to have her experienced guidance for the social and emotional health of our students.

What is your new position at Roeper - details like what courses you will be teaching, are you working with other faculty?

I will be serving as the Student Support Lower School Counselor and will contribute to both individual and overall social-emotional health and wellbeing of the lower school community by offering education, interventions, and resources to students, faculty, and families.

What were one or two highlights of your life?
The two highlights of my life are my two beautiful children, Asher (10) and Navid (6) and touring the world as a professional dancer with Philadanco!, the Philadelphia Dance Company.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be and why? 
I would live in France so that I could eat croissants and drink espresso all day while immersing myself in the beautiful language and culture.

What are some things you'd like to share about yourself, your family and birthplace?
I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, but spent most of my childhood growing up in the south until I graduated from high school. I have lived most of my adult life in many of the major cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and Alaska. I am half Iranian and half Haitian. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Licensed Massage Therapist.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
I’m a foodie at heart, so my favorite thing to do is to eat out at restaurants. I also enjoy singing, dancing, going to the theater, writing, listening to podcasts, indulging in reality tv, exercising, connecting with close friends, and spending time with my boys.

What is a topic or skill that you love to teach or share and why?
I love to teach any topic related to mental health, wellbeing, and the arts.

What is it that appealed to you about Roeper when you took the job?
As soon as I read Roeper’s Educational Philosophy, I felt a sense of what it would mean to join the community. Everyone has been so warm, genuine and welcoming. I’m overjoyed to work with the “littles” again after spending the last 6 years with upper school students. I’m excited to experience the world through their eyes while holding the vantage point of who and all that they can become when they are older.
Educating and inspiring gifted students to think as individuals and to engage as a community with compassion for each other and this world.

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