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

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…

By Ama Nyamekye

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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