Ferial Pearson
Mama Beast

I was born in Kenya and came to the United States to become a teacher. I taught English at Omaha South High School for ten years, worked as a Talent Advisor for the Avenue Scholars Foundation at Ralston High School for two years, and now I teach at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the College of Education. I have earned three national and several local awards for my work in education, human rights, and social justice, and I am the founder of The Secret Kindness Agents project, which is the subject of a published book and a TEDx Talk. The project is in hundreds of schools across the United States and in Canada and is the topic of my doctoral dissertation. I live in Ralston with my soul mate, Daniel, my son Ilahi, and my daughter Iman. We practice random acts of kindness and goofiness every single day.

What is your dream for your neighborhood?

Russell Johnston, Omaha, NE

I hope our neighborhood schools continue to improve and engage support from their geographic neighbors. Attending school is often the introduction of community for children. Learning that concept from a young age plants seeds of hope for the future.

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