Abdiasis Hirsi plans to become a K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher.He is a recipient of the EAST scholarship and a co-president of EASTSA, a student association founded and run by EAST scholars. He will student teach in the fall of 2015. Hirsi completed his B.A. in English Literature at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and currently works as an Associate Educator for Minneapolis Public Schools’ Adult Education.
Ahmed 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.
Asma Ibrahim is an undergraduate sophomore 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. Ibrahim will be student teaching in the spring of 2016 and is looking forward to it.
Ayan Mohamed is an undergraduate student at Augsburg College. She plans to become a high school English teacher. Mohamed is also the vice president of EASTSA, a student group run by EAST scholars. She 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. She will be student teaching in the fall of 2015.
Dahir Hassan is a first-year graduate student at Augsburg College pursuing a Master of Arts in Education with a licensure area in English as a Second Language (ESL). Hassan is currently teaching East African Heritage and Somali language at South High School.
Ebenezer K. Flomo
Ebenezer 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 will student teach in the fall of 2014. Ebenezer is a co-founder and co-president of EASTSA, a group dedicated to supporting and encouraging current and future African teachers. 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 will attend the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual convention in November 2014.
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 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 is a second-year graduate student at Augsburg College, 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.
Mariam Warsame is pursuing an MAE at Augsburg college and a K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) Licensure. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a BA in Biology in 2009. After completing her student teaching in the spring of 2016, she plans to teach immigrant elementary students, and hopes to one day expand her teaching of the English language overseas. She is currently working for Minneapolis Public Schools in the Special Ed/English Language Learners (ELL) and Early Childhood Screening departments.
Maristella Omanyo is a junior pursuing a special education degree and Academic Behavioral Specialist (ABS) Licensure at Augsburg College. She will be student teaching in the spring of 2015. She would like to work in an elementary school setting in the future. 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 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 gives money to high school seniors who plan on attending colleges and universities in Minnesota.
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. She hopes to gain valuable experience working with students and will be student teaching spring 2015.
Salah 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 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 in the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) department 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 “Ted” Ngeh is an MAE student at Augsburg College pursuing an Elementary Education Licensure. He plans to do his student teaching in the fall of 2014. Ted is currently an EAST scholar and also part of the student run EASTSA group. Ngeh works as a substitute teacher in multiple districts to enhance his knowledge on teaching diverse classrooms.
Zamzam 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.