EAST Scholars

Abdiasis Hirsi

Abdiasis HirsiAbdiasis Hirsi is a K-12 English Language Learners (ELL) instructor. He currently teaches fulltime at Wellstone International High School of Minneapolis Public Schools. He teaches Beginning Writing and ESL Level 1 courses to classes of culturally and linguistically diverse newcomer ELLs. Prior to this position, Hirsi worked as an associate educator with Minneapolis Adult Education. Hirsi is a proud and a grateful recipient of the EAST/CUE Grant at Augsburg College. Hirsi received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a certificate in TESL from the University of Minnesota. He is completing English as a Second Language licensure coursework and Masters of Arts in Education at Augsburg College. Hirsi has a passion for working with ELs and is committed to creating a safe, equitable, and engaging learning environment where all students are supported and prepared for college and career.


Ahmed Hasan

Ahmed HasanAhmed Hasan is currently pursuing a Special Education licensure and a Master of Arts in Education. He is the director of an early childhood educational service and daycare for low-income and immigrant families in Saint Paul. Hasan is an actively involved community member and serves as a board member for a charter school and a number of community organizations. Hasan completed his student teaching in the fall of 2015 and currently works for the Saint Paul Public Schools District.

Asma Ibrahim

Asma IbrahimAsma Ibrahim is an undergraduate junior at Augsburg College pursuing a K-6 Elementary Education Licensure. She loves to work with children and volunteers at the local daycare in her community to prepare for her future. Asma is currently student teaching and looking forward to it.

Ayan Mohamed

Ayan MohamedAyan Mohamed is an undergraduate student at Augsburg College. Ayan is passionate about increasing English literacy among East African youth in the Twin Cities, particularly those in the Somali community. She hopes to continue gaining experience through meaningful volunteer work with disadvantaged minority students.

Ebenezer K. Flomo

Ebenezer FlomoEbenezer K. Flomo is a graduate student at Augsburg College in the Master of Arts in Education program pursuing a Secondary Education licensure in Social Studies. He completed his student teaching in the fall of 2014. Ebenezer is currently completing his Masters courses. As an EAST leader, he has been invited to speak at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education as part of a monthly series called “Diversity Dialogues” and the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual convention in November 2014.

Hamdi Salad

Hamdi Salad is an MAE student at Augsburg College pursuing K-12 Special Education Licensure. Salad graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2011 where she majored in Sociology and English. She currently teaches fifth grade at Metro Charter Schools. She mentors at an after school program for minority students. She has a personal interest in breaking the stigma that Somali parents have of special education and its services. Salad believes that learning can only take place with the collaboration between students, teachers, and parents.

Ibrahim Aden

Ibrahim AdenIbrahim Aden is an MAE graduate student at Augsburg College working on K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) Licensure. He graduated from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt with a BA in secondary education. Aden has been a K-4 Arabic teacher at Twin Cities International Elementary School in Minneapolis for the past six years. He is also an elected board member and a policy committee member at the school. Aden also taught ESL in Saudi Arabia for two years and K-12 English Language in Kenya for three years. Aden has volunteered in various East African communities throughout the Twin Cities and abroad.

Ismail Haji

Ismail HajiIsmail Haji is an undergraduate pursuing his English as a Second Language (ESL) Licensure. For the past five years he has been teaching Somali and Arabic at Dugsi Academy in St. Paul. He has taught many children literacy in Arabic and Somali languages. He was motivated to become an ESL teacher after seeing English language learners struggle and experience obstacles. Haji also wants to establish educational institutions that will improve the academic skills and life standard of low-income minority students.

Maristella Omanyo

Maristella OmanyoMaristella Omanyo is a graduating senior pursuing a special education degree and Academic Behavioral Specialist (ABS) Licensure at Augsburg College. Maristella is currently licensed and teaches in the Eden Prarie School District. As a special education paraprofessional in the Eden Prairie school district for the past eight years Omanyo has experience teaching students with special needs. As an individual of East African descent, Omanyo believes that the EAST scholar program will provide great opportunity and cultural awareness to the Augsburg College community as a whole.

Osman Ahmed

Osman AhmedOsman Ahmed is an MAE graduate student at Augsburg College pursuing a secondary licensure in Social Studies. Ahmed comes to EAST and Augsburg College with extensive experience as a connector between the Somali community, government and nonprofit organizations. Ahmed’s passion for education started at young age and he has been doing youth mentoring and educational leadership since high school. Osman is the co-founder and head of the ShantaLink, the first and the only known Somali-American-run scholarship program, which offers scholarships to high school seniors who plan on attending colleges and universities in Minnesota. Currently, Osman works for U.S. Senator Al Franken as Field Representative and policy advisor.

Saido Mohamed

Saido Mohamed is an MAE student pursuing English as a Second Language (ESL) Licensure. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota. Mohamed has extensive experience working with English language learners at various schools and community centers. Currently, she works with sixth graders as a paraprofessional at Metro Charter Schools. She has a passion for helping ESL students bridge the learning gap and achieve academic success. As part of the first group of students in EAST, she is determined to help increase the number of minority teachers in schools. Saido completed her student teaching in the spring of 2015.

Salah Ali

Salah AliSalah Ali is an MAE student at Augsburg College pursuing a teaching license in 5-12 Mathematics. He is currently the executive director of a non-profit organization, Urban Children and Youth Education Center (UCYEC). UCYEC is working to reduce the educational gap between minority and Caucasian students by helping them learn the necessary building blocks to be successful in their educational endeavors. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota in Agricultural Food Business Management, and shortly after graduation had a change of heart and decided to become a teacher.

Samsam Warsame

Samsam WarsameSamsam Warsame is a graduate student at Augsburg College, pursuing a Masters of Arts in Education (MAE), and a license in English as a Second Language (ESL). She earned her undergraduate degree in Family Social Science, with a minor in Family Violence Prevention from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Warsame will complete her student teaching in the spring of 2016, and will then continue teaching English as a second language in a public school setting. Currently, she works for Minneapolis Public Schools as an Associate Educator. Outside of school and work, Warsame volunteers for an Early Childhood and Islamic Preschool program by an organization named Building Blocks of Islam, and mainly works with ages 3-5.

Theodore “Ted” Ngeh

Theodore NgehTheodore “Ted” Ngeh is an MAE student at Augsburg College who recently obtained an Elementary Education Licensure. He recently completed his student teaching in the fall of 2014. Ted is currently working as a long term substitute teacher at American Indian Elementary. Ted currently works as a subsitute teacher in Saint Paul Public Schools.

Zamzam Mumin

Zamzam MuminZamzam Mumin is a first-year student at Augsburg College Rochester. She is pursuing a master of arts in education and hopes to receive licensure in K-6. She has worked with a variety of students, ranging from elementary school to high school. She currently works as a director at Solar Academy. With the skills and knowledge she hopes to gain from the MAE program, she plans to incorporate a preschool and kindergarten courses into Solar Academy.