Title: Language Educator
Company: Spelman College
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Soraya Mekerta, Language Educator at Spelman College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of French language education.
Dr. Mekerta began her higher education in France, where she studied at Paul Valéry University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English language civilization literature, and a Master of Arts in English literature. She was sent to the United States by her father and had to work a variety of menial jobs, such as shining shoes, in order to fund her education. Dr. Mekerta overcame these obstacles, earning a Master of Arts in French literature at the University of Minnesota in 1984, and a PhD in French and francophone studies in 1994. She started as an assistant professor of French at Spelman college in 1992 and has continued working there ever since, rising to the rank of associate professor in 1999. In 2009 and 2014, she was recognized for her excellence as an educator with the Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award and the Spelman College Presidential Award for Distinguished Service.
Throughout her career as a French-language educator, Dr. Mekerta has been a member of many volunteer organizations. She believes strongly in the values of freedom, justice, and equality, and has volunteered her time with Feed the Hungry, the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign, Battered Women Awareness, and as a public speaker. She was an invited speaker to the State Department, and to Oxford University. In addition to her volunteer and professional work, Dr. Mekerta is a member of the Arab American Institute, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the African Literature Association. In recognition of her excellence, dedication, and integrity as an educator, she was included in the 65th edition of Who’s Who in America.
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