He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk – Malawian proverb
About Kaleena Berryman
Kaleena K. Berryman is an education advocate, youth mentor, community organizer and writer. Born and raised in the city of Newark, Kaleena graduated with honors from Arts High School. After being awarded a Presidential Scholarship to William Paterson University, Kaleena earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication in 2004, with a minor in African American & Caribbean Studies. She served as President of her college’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and founded the first culturally responsive campus monthly publication, entitled UMOJA, in 2007. In January 2011, she earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers-Newark.
Currently, she is the Program Coordinator for the Abbott Leadership Institute, and the advocacy coach for the institute’s Youth Media Symposium. In addition to these roles, Kaleena currently holds the position of President for the Organization of Black Faculty and Staff on the Newark campus.
In 2013, Kaleena co-founded Newark Circle of Sisters, an organization of Newark women who provide service scholarships to Newark women at all stages in their advanced education pursuits.
Entries by Kaleena Berryman
One Step Ahead Learning Center is far more than a traditional preschool. Its Mannequin Challenge video got nearly 10 million views. On any given day, you can find the four- and five-year-old students dressed in little aprons and taking cooking classes, working on science experiments, learning new lines to an original play, or singing along to The Supremes.
Fellow Newark Public Schools alumni, if you truly believe that Black Lives Matter, it is time to give the black and brown lives in your hometown’s neighborhood schools some of your attention. This is not a stand against any other kind of school, for every public entity serving the children of Newark needs to be […]