Personality of the week is a weekly program created by our team to highlight the leadership and contribution of individual that are making a positive impact in our community. This POTW is sister Kotumu Kamara from the state of Minnesota. She was born unto the blessed union of Mr. & Mrs. Kamara in Liberia, west Africa. Mrs. Kotumu Kamara (Bio) As a refugee in Conakry, Guinea, Mrs. Kamara completed her secondary education in French at Lycée Sainte Marie before immigrated to the United States in 2003.
Upon her arrival to the United State from Guinea, Mrs. Kamara attended an adjustment to blindness training center to learn the skills she needed to become independent and employable. After graduating from the adjustment to blindness training center, Mrs. Kamara moved on with confident and high expectation for herself and put these skills into practice. She has truly proven the premise that blindness or other disabilities do not have to be a tragedy and if given training and equal opportunity blind people can live full and productive lives!
In 2005, she earned her GED from the Lehman Adult Education Center in Minneapolis, MN. During the same year of 2005, Mrs. Kamara got admitted at the University of Minnesota, where she earned a B.A. in International Studies, and minor in Social Justice in 2010. With a lot of inspiration from her family and peers, and having high expectation for herself, Mrs. Kamara pursued a Master of Education in Human Resource Development and a Certificate in Adult Education from the College of Education, University of Minnesota in 2013.
Because of her passion and commitment to working with immigrants and other minority groups, between her Bachelor and master’s studies, she worked with Minnesota Freedom Network as a DREAM COACH VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR to promote The Dream Act; educating immigrant students at various high schools to explore issues surrounding higher education issues. The work she did with Minnesota Freedom Network inspired her to earn a certificate in Equity and Diversity from the University of Minnesota.
Kotumu is a woman who is passionate about education and enthusiastic about helping others to learn. To demonstrate this, in her current position at Blind, Inc, a non-profit organization providing training for the blind and visually impaired people, Mrs. Kamara is in charge of curriculum and other learning materials development and teaches ESL to people with special needs to achieve their educational and professional goals. Being always there for the minority community, Mrs. Kamara chairs the Minority Outreach Committee of Minnesota State Services for the Blind Most importantly, Additionally, she has served on the education committee and represented Minnesota on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Liberian Mandingos in the United States of America (FELMUSA). She have served as a senior advisor to President Kafumba Kromah leadership.
Mrs. Kotumu Kamara is happily married and currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband Mohamed Kamara and two children. In her free time, she enjoy cooking, reading, shopping, and, most of all, spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Ladies and gentlemen please congratulate our sister for her hard work and for been recognize as POTW.
“KEEP DOING GOOD, YOU DON’T KNOW WHO’S WATCHING”