Increasing Self Worth and Straight A's
May 25, 2011





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Melissa Rodriguez : September 15, 2014 03:05 am
Ms. Unaka's personal mission of instilling confidence and self-worth in her students is admirable and necessary. There are so many different factors in American culture and media today that affect how a child views themselves and the world. Sometimes children can be guided into perceiving certain values as important while ignoring or not being exposed to others. Having a caring teacher, such as Ms. Unaka, expose children to appropriate self-image and world values can radically affect how a child views themselves and their environment.
Melissa Rodriguez : September 15, 2014 03:05 am
Ms. Unaka's personal mission of instilling confidence and self-worth in her students is admirable and necessary. There are so many different factors in American culture and media today that affect how a child views themselves and the world. Sometimes children can be guided into perceiving certain values as important while ignoring or not being exposed to others. Having a caring teacher, such as Ms. Unaka, expose children to appropriate self-image and world values can radically affect how a child views themselves and their environment.
Lisa : September 12, 2014 07:26 pm
It is wonderful that the students have an educator like Amaka. Having someone to believe in students and inspire them to reach their full potential is priceless. Many children do not have parents or other people in their lives to give them that positive reinforcement.
Madeline Bermingham : September 11, 2014 02:35 am
Amaka Unaka is a truly inspiring educator. Teaching is a calling for her, not just a job. She believes in these young children, to go on to college and become whatever they choose. She encourages children to believe in themselves no matter what struggle they face, that they can grow up to pursue their dreams. As an educator, it is so important to allow children to feel inspired, and feel like they are capable of anything. She is a great role model for children and all other educators. -Madeline Bermingham
Mary McKenna : September 11, 2014 12:27 am
You are inspiring! Every child has the ability to learn and it is great to see teachers support that! My mission is to be the best educator I can be so I can inspire students to persevere through any diversity or struggles that they may face through their lifetime. I will do this by being positive and pushing students to try their best and be confident in their abilities every day. Thank you for taking an otherwise average Wednesday and really remind me why I came into this profession! - Mary McKenna
Kaila : September 10, 2014 09:47 pm
Amaka Unaka is an ideal example of a teacher. She motivates her children everyday to succeed and push themselves to the absolute best they can be. Her belief in the students in her class is inspiring and she is a role model for all of them. By creating their own mission statements, Amaka has helped these students set goals for themselves at a young age to work towards as they advance in their education.
Lara : September 08, 2014 03:08 am
You are a great educator! It takes a lot to show a child how important he is. Those children will definitely succeed.
Michelle : September 06, 2014 03:46 am
As an aspiring teacher this inspires me to motivate my students and empower them to be whatever they can and strive for their best. Without self-worth and confidence it is hard to get through life and be successful. It is our job to make them feel important and valued no who they are or where they come from.
Chinyere Nwaneri : June 09, 2011 07:02 am
All it takes is one person to leave a lasting impression on a child's life and this video clearly echoes the importance of this. I mentored 4th and 5th grade girls at a charter school in Washington D.C for two years. Each week they challenged me and tested my patience. I never gave up though. In return, I taught them about self-respect, self-worth, and how to be overall "young ladies." Not surprisingly, in the world we live in these core values are disappearing to say the least. Amaka, thank you for your selfless contribution to this new generation of young people. As a set forth in my training as an obstetrician and gynecologist my future mission is to teach young woman the importance of loving their mind, body, and soul as all these things are connected to maintaining a healthy life.
Robin : June 07, 2011 07:04 pm
This is the true purpose of teaching; not for loan forgiveness or just because. She is truly motivating and inspiring these children to excel and giving them tangible ways on how to do it. I am sure these children will live out to their full potentials. Keep up the good work Ms. Unaka.
Nneka Orjiakor : June 07, 2011 06:33 pm
I don't think people realize how much influence one could have on a child's life. Joy comes from service, no matter how minute. Thank God for people like Amaka who has the heart and the will to make a difference. "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~Dr. Seuss
Ijeoma : June 07, 2011 07:37 am
What's more important than nurturing the spirit of children. What a beautiful gift you give every day! Yay for educators!!!
Okey K. Enyia : June 06, 2011 06:46 pm
The greatest among you must first be a servant... “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD…”—Isaiah 61:1-2 Medicine is part of my ministry. More about my calling below: http://www.stemcp.com/profiles/voices/428-okey-k-enyia.html
Ikenna Unaka : June 06, 2011 07:18 am
Service!! Service to others that is what we all are called to do. This video was great reminder to me of a simple truth; service to others, leads to greatness. Wow!!! Amaka keep up the awesome work you along with the KIPP staff are doing in that school with those children, and in that community.
Chinedu Odu : June 05, 2011 08:15 pm
I think that this piece is important and timely. When did a college education stop being part of the American dream for so many children? Education is the single best predictor of future success. Well done, Amaka, for believing in these children and helping them to believe in themselves.
Udo dikko : June 05, 2011 07:11 am
Amaka keep up the good work as you inspire, and lead these kids to greater heights....
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