Ms. Alafnan was born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she received her Bachelors of Science in Biology. After working in the medical field for several years, she received an opportunity to teach 1st and 2nd grade Sunday school. From there, she decided to change careers and go back to UIC to pursue her Masters in Education, Instructional Leadership: Science Education.
Ms. Alafnan has been a member of the Hancock family since her time student teaching. She is currently teaching Physics and believes that science is the mother of all subjects that entails the work of logic and reasoning and also amalgamates entertainment and amusement within it. She is eager to promote student understanding of scientific concepts relevant to the individual and to society, as well as fostering an appreciation of scientific inquiry while encouraging student self-advocacy inside and outside of the classroom.
In addition, she is the Hancock Service Learning Coordinator and co-sponsor of the Environmental Club, where she is passionate about community service and its potential to engage students in meaningful learning.