From Rise Up For Students: Meet Sylvia Hadnot

By Arneidra Austin-Lloyd

Meet one of the founding teachers at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School in South Seattle: Sylvia Hadnot, multicultural educator extraordinaire. From jazz to ecological history to art leadership and more, Sylvia brings real-world knowledge and experience into her classroom.

Sylvia has performed jazz piano at the Triple Door and the Paramount, among other jazz houses. She launched her own benefit events company at age 22 to support local artists in the city. She has written youth curricula for social-emotional health, college and career readiness, and environmental justice.

Between all of her activities and work, Sylvia somehow also found the time to complete a Master’s in Education, with focuses on Multicultural and Urban Environmental Education.