Dr. Marguerite Mariama uses her “life as a classroom” – transforming hard won lessons into strategies for helping others achieve authenticity, personal and academic success. Her story is one of triumph over adversity –where life-changing forces were always present. And, where arts training and strategic mentoring altered her life’s trajectory.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Marguerite credits Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore, her third grade teacher, who later became the first black female superintendent of schools, as the inspiration and role model for her work in the education arena. As the founder and president, of the non-profit organization, Tomorrow’s Village, Inc.(501c3), Marguerite has been a leader in creating arts integration pedagogy that is designed to empower urban student social, emotional and academic success through an assortment of non-traditional modalities. Her diverse background serves as a foundation for launching innovative educational and creative work that is transformational in depth and scope. Training and experience as an educator, movement/dance therapist and activist performing artist informs her projects.