I truly believe...
You can't lead the people if you don't love the people; you can't save the people if you don't serve the people.
- Dr. Cornell West
Endorsements from Colleagues
Some of my colleagues shared their thoughts on my interactions with students and our years working together.
“Ms. Owoimaha’s primary role was to mentor and motivate students to pursue a post-secondary education. In addition, Ms. Owoimaha she developed and implemented a college awareness curriculum that informed students…She also provided individualized support to students struggling with the course content…Ms. Owoimaha consistently met and exceeded my expectations. She developed a solid working relationship with all her colleagues and a strong bond with all her students…Ms. Owoimaha exposes students to key historical figures, raises awareness of issues impacting the students’ community and more importantly helps them develop leadership and problem-solving skills. Every week as I observe Ms. Owoimaha’s classroom, I am impressed by her ability to engage and empower students to become agents of change in their community. She is diligent, self-motivated and a compassionate human being. I greatly admire and respect Ms. Owoimaha’s desire and dedication to take an active role in the betterment of our society.”
“…One of her major goals is to receive her degree, of course, but more importantly to pursue a life devoted to her community through the arts by affecting the education system and public policy for the better.”
“...I have come to rely on Estella for her tenacity and leadership…Estella has been able to show great initiative in handling multiple components. She is one I can rely on with 100% confidence, knowing that whatever duties I assign her will be executed on time, thoroughly, with enthusiasm and passion…Estella embodies all that I would expect to find in an academic professional…Her passion for helping students radiates through; the rapport she has with students is genuine. In one instance, I called on a student to verify some information. When the student arrived, he looked at me with worry as he asked, “You’re not replacing Ms. O., are you?” I stated that I was not, and the worried look quickly disappeared as he replied, “Oh good. She’s awesome.” I could not have said it better.”
“…I have had the opportunity to get to know this exceptional young lady on a personal level as well, and admire her talents, her gifts, her passion for helping the youth, and her strength and ability to overcome adversity…With every event she helped organize and every class she taught, her talent for connecting with the youth, for relating to them and getting them to believe that someone cares for & believes in them, has been what has set her aside from the rest.”
Performing Arts @ ODLHA
Within my first semester teaching at ODLHA, I founded our performing arts program and created the first Drama Team. That year we went to our first competition, DTASC Shakespearean Festival. We took one group and competed in the Large Drama Category with Romeo & Juliet. We made it to semi-finals, top 15 of over 200 schools across Southern California. This fall we went to our first DTASC Fall Festival. This time we entered three categories; All Female with a scene from The Glass Menagerie, Retro Radio with a scene based on Amos & Andy, and Costumes: Science Fiction with entries based on A Klingon Christmas Carol.