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Meet Linden’s Teacher of the Year

urbanconcern : December 1, 2016 10:05 am : Urban Concern News

Please join us in congratulating Harambee Christian School’s fifth grade teacher, Wakeshia Ghee, who was honored in November as Linden’s Teacher of the Year by the Greater Linden Development Corporation.

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Meet Wakeshia

Most of the students that Wakeshia serves are growing up in single parent, low income households. She knows education is a key to hope. In fact, Wakeshia’s life models this reality.

Wakeshia moved to the Rosewind Housing community in South Linden with her three young daughters in 2005. She enrolled them at Harambee Christian School with a value for education and a willingness to serve. She came on staff as a teacher aide, and later as an After School Program teacher, even as she attended college classes. Wakeshia worked hard to earn her teaching license from Ohio Dominican.

Praise from the Principal

Harambee Principal, Alex Steinman, knows Mrs. Ghee is a shining star for the school and community: “Wakeshia pays attention to what her students know, what they lack, and how they learn. She is mindful of learning standards, yet she strikes a healthy balance between academic growth and life coaching. Character traits like grit, integrity and respect are difficult to measure, yet crucial to learning. Wakeshia helps students that are struggling to grow and challenges advanced students to excel even more.

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In Her Words

Wakeshia knows the impact the ministry had on her own life shapes how she hopes to impact the lives of her students: “Urban Concern & Harambee helped me to have a greater focus on the need to serve others. In serving others, I found my true purpose as a wife, mother. teacher, and member of the community.  Now, I want to use my personal experience as a catalyst for the hope and success of every student. I aspire to give my knowledge of the renewing power of Christ to help provide a strong foundation for reaching their goals.”

Congratulations, Mrs. Ghee, and thank you for all you do!

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