Influential Woman of the Week

An inspirational woman is like a hero. Someone you know that wants you to strive and excel in life. Someone who will give you great advice for the future and that you can look up to. My inspirational woman of the week would have to be my mother. Now as cliche as it may be, a mother’s love is definitely irreplaceable. My mother is not only my hero, but a friend, a coach, a teacher (literally), a doctor, a lawyer, and everything in between.

Prior to my mother having me, she attended Montclair State University in New Jersey where she studied Chemistry. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Pharmacy at St. John’s University School in Jamaica Queens, New York. She began working at Pathmark’s Pharmacy Department as well as working for Prescription Counter in South Orange, NJ up until I was about 6 years old. My mother always had it in her to give back to the children of the community, so she took it upon herself to go back to school for her teaching license.

In 2006, my mother began teaching at Martin Luther King School in Paterson, NJ as a 7th and 8th science teacher. My mother not only holds a teaching license but also a certification for Teacher of Students with Disabilities. During her time as a teacher, she studied in Kansas City, Missouri with the top weather forecasters at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association. She is also the first African-American in the city of Paterson to receive a Certification in DataStreme ECS Education Resource Teacher given by the American Meteorological Society. In 2014, she was awarded by the Senate, the Teacher of the Year award. This past summer, she also completed a certification through the Paterson Ambassadors for Success in Science Education learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


Although, my mother holds many degrees and certifications, she never makes excuses to do what she has to do to provide for my brother and I. In 2014, my father suddenly passed away and it was detrimental to our family. We suffered a great loss but that didn’t stop her from achieving her dreams and goals, providing for us, teaching us how to excel in life, school, and work, and being who we are. Taking on the single parent role after having your partner be there for you for 16 years was never easy but that’s life and she showed my brother and I that life will never stand in her way.

My mother will always be someone that I look up to and I’m not just saying that because she is my mom. In college, she faced a lot of trauma between the loss of her own father and financial instability. Raising children on her own, maintaining her sanity, being an active Christian woman and loving her family unconditionally. I aspire to hold my head high because of her. To become the best woman I can be for my future husband and children just like she has done. She is my definition of perfect in my eyes and I hope she gets to share her knowledge with the rest of the world.



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