Ama Nyamekye

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Executive Director, Educators 4 Excellence, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Ama Nyamekye is executive director of Educators 4 Excellence: Los Angeles.

Nyamekye grew up in Las Vegas, but spent some of her childhood in California. A proud product of public education, Ama’s favorite teacher—the woman who inspired her decision to teach—was Ms. Higa at El Rincon Elementary school in Culver City. Ama went on to become a New York City Teaching Fellow who taught English in The Bronx and Brooklyn.

In addition to completing her master of science in teaching at Pace University, Ama also holds a master of science in strategic communications from Columbia University. Ama has founded Rose from Concrete, a program serving court-involved youth in Boston and Turn the Page, a library and literacy project that serves seventeen prison libraries and classrooms in California.

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Posted Nov. 6, 2015
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Wanted: The Right Leader for LAUSD

Over the years, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has made considerable student gains, relieving overcrowding in schools and launching…

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