Professional of the Year - Education/Writing Coach

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Akila Binhajji

Title: Educator and Writing Teacher
Industry: Education
Type of Organization: School District
Major Product/Service: Education
Expertise: With over 40 years experience, Ms. Binhajji serves as a writing coach for 7th and 8th graders. She teaches the craft of writing.
Geographic Area of Distribution: Berkeley, California
University/Degree: B.A., Arizona State University; M.A., University of San Francisco; Special Education, San Francisco State University; Certifications
Born: May 1, 1943, Texas
Hobbies/Sports: Volunteering with the elderly, writing, travel
Spouse: Ashenafi
Children: Cydne, Binta; Grandchildren: Bilal, Arielle, Lola
Work History: Ms. Binhajji was a Fellow, Wordsmith and consultant with UC Berkeley Bay Area Writing project. She wrote curriculum showcasing poetry of high school students with the Stop Drop Program of WCCUSD and spearheaded a journal, Bad Words Magazine. She served as a writer coach and master teacher for the Berkeley Unified Schools for 43 years.
Honors & Awards: Teacher Excellence Award, Richmond, California, 2006
Published Works: Presenter, National Writing Project Urban Sites Network
Career Accomplishments: Ms. Binhajji created and showcased the Ecoart Matters Sculpture, The Baobab Project, at Laney College and at the Addison Gallery. She created and designed the oral history project, which entailed workshops for families.