Namirah Said - empathetic and motivated - is a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidate pursuing her single subject mathematics credential.
Said received a University of California Office of the President President's Educator Fellowship at the School of Education's 2019-2020 Scholarship Awards Ceremony on November 1.
President's Educator Fellowships are awarded to students with a demonstrated commitment to working in public schools that primarily serve students from low-income families.
"I always claimed that I was a social justice activist, but I wanted to put that into practice," said Said.
"As a minority, I grew up in a low-income household with less resources and help than some of my peers. Today, I want to become an agent of change and implement inclusion in my classroom where everyone feels welcome, despite their background! I will use this award to pay off my tuition and get myself out of my financial burden in order for me to be the best teacher I can be! I am beyond grateful for receiving this award. Thank you so much!!"