Sahira Fernandez is a social worker who works with alternative students, ages 16 - 24 who have experienced deep trauma in their lives. Currently, she supports the Next Step Public Charter School which primarily serves recent immigrants and other students who may need different approaches to reach academic success. Here, she has expanded her expertise to include developing systems to combat youth homelessness, supervision of case managers, and crisis management. Her social work pedagogy was framed by the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she earned her MSW and Salem State
University which offered her BS in Social Work. Currently, Sahira resides in Northeast Washington, DC with her wife and dog.