Banafsheh grew up in Iran, in a family of educators. She received her Bachelors degree in Italian language from Tehran’s Azad University in 2004. After that she worked as a coordinator in an International company in Tehran. She moved to the States in 2010, and decided to follow her true passion. Banafsheh earned her Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from New York University in 2013. She’s been working with children with social- emotional needs for the past 3 years. She has worked with all grade levels and can’t imagine doing anything else with her life. She is currently working with children and young adults dealing with challenges that impacts their academic success.