Nadjya Facey-Castillo has been teaching mathematics in the Boston Public Schools for five years, two of those at Boston Arts Academy. She is a Boston native and graduated from Boston Latin Academy in 2003. She received a Bachelor of Arts for Music/Business Management from Berklee College of Music in 2006, a Masters of Management with a concentration of Business from Cambridge College in 2010, and a Masters of Secondary Education from UMass Boston in 2016.
Nadjya has a strong background in the performing arts with various styles of dance, music, spoken word, and acting. She received her training through the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center (OCAC) from Founder and Director Shaumba Yandje Dibinga from 1994 until 2010. She has performed dance in various places throughout the east coast as well as the first international dance tour to South Africa in 2007 with NIA Dance Troupe. Nadjya also served as a Music Theory Mentor at Berklee College of Music while she was a full time student, helping high school aged students learn music theory from 2004-2006.
After working nine years in Corporate America as an Administrative Assistant for an International Investment Firm, in 2015 Nadjya changed careers to become a math teacher for BPS. Math is a communication language that transcends cultural, political, and economic boundaries and it is important to Nadjya to help transform the lives of youth in the communities of Boston and teach them concepts that they can apply to their daily lives, despite where they come from. As Marian Wright Edelman said, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”