Rafeeza Shahabudeen

Malcolm X. Shabazz High School

Ms. Shahabudeen has been a teacher in Newark Public Schools since 2003 and has been teaching at Malcolm X. Shabazz High School since 2019. She is a second-generation teacher holding certifications in English and special education.  While attending Rutgers University, she worked as a substitute teacher to help pay college expenses.

Ms. Shahabudeen takes pleasure in witnessing the results of the JAG NJ program. Whether it’s students learning how to dress for interviews, developing a professional-level vocabulary, creating a resume, or acquiring time-management skills, the program offers a transformative journey for each student to flourish. She possesses a genuine passion for teaching and her students, and takes immense pride in their involvement in community service and civic-based projects.

Fun fact: Ms. Shahabudeen enjoys sewing, playing the piano, and watching her niece and nephew play soccer.