Dr. Ferial Pearson, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, is a national award-winning high school teacher and college professor. For her dedicated work in education and human rights, she has earned the National Education Association’s Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights in 2012, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network’s Educator of the Year Respect Award in 2011, and in 2016, she was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher award.
She is now an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department at the University of Nebraska Omaha and lives in Ralston, Nebraska. Her work with The Secret Kindness Agents has been noticed by Hallmark, Teaching Tolerance, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, and is the subject of her books, TEDx Talk, and her dissertation.
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Watch a documentary on Ferial by the NEA’s Virginia Uribe Awards
Ferial was featured recently in the short film, “The State of Education In Nebraska: Success Starts with Teachers.”