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Meet MAEC Staff – Hebest Jemberu

At MAEC, collaboration and shared learning are key as we work towards education equity. It is our privilege to nurture a team of innovative, dynamic leaders and rising leaders in this field. In this blog series featuring members of MAEC staff, meet Senior Finance Specialist, Hebest Jemberu!

Who is an advocate or activist that you admire, and why?
I admire Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi social entrepreneur. He has transformed the lives of millions through his remarkable work. As the founder of Grameen Bank, he pioneered the concept of microcredit, providing small loans to impoverished individuals, particularly women, to start their own businesses and escape the cycle of poverty. Yunus’s visionary approach has empowered countless individuals, enabling them to generate income, improve their living conditions, and create a better future for themselves and their families. His dedication to social change and his belief in the power of entrepreneurship inspire me to make a positive impact in the world, reminding me that even small actions can lead to transformative change.

What does education equity mean to you?
Education equity to me refers to the principle and goal of ensuring that all students, regardless of their socio-economic status or other factors, have equal opportunities to access high-quality education and resources. It aims to level the playing field by eliminating disparities and providing equitable support to students at the ground level. It includes ensuring that all students have fair access to resources such as textbooks, technology, well-trained teachers, safe learning environments, and education programs that accommodate their individual needs.

Tell us about a book in your office you think everyone should read.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch serves as a powerful inspiration for my work. It taught me to embrace challenges with resilience, pursue my passions, and find joy in my work. By managing time effectively, fostering meaningful relationships, and leaving a positive impact, it shows us that we can create a fulfilling professional journey. Randy Pausch’s story reminds us of the limited time we have and encourages us to make the most of every moment, focusing on what truly matters. It motivates us to approach work with determination, to build strong connections, and to strive for excellence, leaving a legacy that positively influences others.

Tell us about a book on your bedside table you think everyone should read.
I usually read my Bible. Its timeless wisdom, stories, and teachings guide my actions with compassion, humility, and faith.

What is one thing that brings you joy?
I love being with my family and going on long walks. It’s just the best way for us to bond and create amazing memories together.

MAEC's blog is designed to engage hearts and minds of school and district leaders across the country to engage in issues that you have identified as being essential in education. Opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.

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