Diamonds in the Spotlight

May’s Diamond in the Spotlight

Meet Mrs. Claudette

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Mrs. Claudette is a very inspirational Diamond that we are so happy to honor for the month of May. Mrs. Claudette will tell you a little about a her story including how her passion for education served as an outlet to be independent after experiencing domestic violence. We are so proud of Mrs. Claudette and how she is using her story to help others as she elevates to the next chapter as a graduate of Columbus State University. Her ultimate goal is to become a motivational speaker and to open a shelter for victims of abuse. We guarantee that you will be inspired by Mrs. Claudette and her beautiful story. #DiamondintheSpotlight #BeAGirlLikeMe

 

April’s Diamond in the Spotlight

Meet Monica

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Meet Monica, Be A Girl Like Me! Inc.’s Diamond in the Spotlight for the month of April. Mrs. Monica is a native of Colombia and worked as a general physician for her country. Mrs. Monica utilized her career to reach the poor and more specifically the elderly population. She also has hopes of working in the medical field when returning to her native country. Mrs. Monica is showing the world how awesome it is to be like her! Feel free to watch her video below! #BeAGirlLikeMe

March

Every Diamond is in the Spotlight!

Happy International Women’s History Month! Before your eyes are successful wonderful working women that have done things beyond your imagination for the community. Below are hosts of television and radio programs, teachers, presidents, and doctors. Today we honor and everyday we honor all of our diamonds for all they do to pave the way for us diamonds in training. So awesome to know you and see you succeed. #BeAGirlLikeMe #WonderfulWorkingWomenWednesday #InternationalWomensDay #InternationalWomensHistoryMonth

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February’s Diamond in the Spotlight

Meet Toshiko

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Meet Toshiko, Be A Girl Like Me! Inc.’s Diamond in the Spotlight for the month of February. Mrs. Toshiko is a native of Japan and has worked in the fashion industry during the duration of her career thus far. Part of her job included working with her clients one on one as a sales representative. Her favorite style is conservative wear and she stated that she loves the way Americans dress. Toshiko is a girl showing the world how awesome it is to be like her!

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Unsung Hero-Harriet Ball

Harriet Ball was a public school teacher for over two decades. Mrs. Ball was known as an “edutainer.” She was an entertainer and an educator for her students. She created different songs to help her students remember key concepts in math, history, geography, and more. Two other teachers at the time overheard her teaching and singing with her students when they needed help. They went across the hall to get help to teach their class. The two teachers later created a network of KIPP charter schools. Their name comes from one of Harriet Ball’s songs “Read Baby Read.” The KIPP schools now educate over 27,000 students with Mrs. Ball’s teaching methods and songs and they have over 99 schools across the United States. Mrs. Ball stated that there is no such thing as a low performing school, they are just under taught.

Info and Photo Credit: http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2011/02/people-rip-kipp-inventor-harriett-ball.html#.WLJJfn9sQfI

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Unsung Hero-Claudette Colvin

Mrs. Claudette was the first African American to refuse to give up her seat. This incident occurred nine months before Rosa Parks. The NAACP was in the midst of finding a case like this but felt that a teen wouldn’t be as reliable as an adult. When she was a arrested, she was charged for not only giving up her seat but assaulting an officer as well. In the end, her case was appealed but she had gotten pregnant a little later. The NAACP was really cautious as they were in the midst of constructing the Civil Rights Movement. So they later chose Rosa Parks to represent. Mrs. Claudette moved to a different town to have a fresh start and she became a nurses aide. Years later she was recognized for being the first African American to give up her seat. Although she was acknowledged years later, we wanted to you to learn about her as well. #BlackHistory #AmericanHistory #BeAGirlLikeMe

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Info and Photo Credit: http://www.biography.com/people/claudette-colvin-11378

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helen-kettemanToday we would like to honor a special Diamond, Mrs. Helen Ketteman. Mrs. Ketteman is an author of 25 published children’s books. She uses her life experiences as well as her love for writing to teach life’s virtues in different situations as used in “Mama’s Way.” From her beautiful stories to her super sweet personality, Mrs. Ketteman stresses on the importance of education, and making good choices as children learn and dive into their imaginations. For instance her latest book, “Go to School, Little Monster” is an example of how children can use their imagination to identify with the monster as they face first day of school nerves. Mrs. Ketteman not only utilizes her platform to have a voice for children, but also break barriers and  build bridges like used in “Not Yet, Yvette.” This is story is our favorite as an African American little girl collaborates with her father to make her mother’s birthday extra special. Yvette’s character is used to not show the value of giving and respect for others, but to show an African American character in a happy and positive light. Upon discussing the plot of the book, Mrs. Ketteman explained her thoughts when writing this book. She states, “I believe all children need to see themselves in books and stories – characters who look like them and feel like them. I wanted to write a story that showed a young African-American girl in just a normal, happy situation, doing something FOR someone she loved, WITH someone she loved, showing respect between the characters. I also wanted ALL children to realize that, no matter what color we are on the outside, or what religion we practice, we all feel the same emotions.  We are not that different. That was what I wanted to get across.” We also asked what was her advice for young Yvettes. Her response is below.

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“As for advice to young Yvettes, I would tell them that no matter what their circumstances are growing up, they can be anything they want to be, but they have choices to make.  The things they choose to do NOW, what they do when they are children, will make all the difference in what they become as adults. I think so many young people in every station of life don’t realize just HOW much a bad decision can affect the rest of their lives.
For me, growing up in small town Georgia – our family had nothing – we barely scraped by, and sometimes had no heat in the house in the winter – but  my mother stressed the importance of education, and I focused on that. I made it my goal to go to college, even though I knew I would have to do it myself. I worked, bought my own clothes, got good enough grades to get a partial scholarship, saved enough money to help with some college expenses, and borrowed the rest.  My last two years, I worked full time during the day, and attended classes full time at night. And when I graduated, I paid back all my student loans.  I did all this because I had learned to rely on myself and take responsibility for myself at a young age. Too many parents don’t make children take responsibility for their actions, and they become adults who have no clue how to be responsible.
I think that is what young Yvettes need to know – that they can control how good or how bad their life will be by making good choices, by taking responsibility for themselves early on, and part of that, of course, is by doing well in school. Education is the key to having a great life, and everyone can get an education if they want to. It may be more difficult for some people than for others, but I think that is what builds character.”
~Helen Ketteman
Thank you Mrs. Ketteman for being such an amazing author, and for utilizing your gift to make a difference in the lives of children!

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Kati Van Der Hoeven is a Finnish model who suffered from a stroke in 1995 which led to Locked in Syndrome which is “condition where the patient is fully aware of everything, but cannot make their muscles move.” She only communicates through her eyes. This syndrome caused for Mrs. Kati to be 95% paralyzed, but she does not let that stop her from achieving her dreams. She is a beautiful woman inside and out and truly a Diamond of Success! She is an author, blogger, model, and motivational speaker. We had the honor of connecting with this lovely diamond and this is her advice especially for you.

She only communicates through her eyes. She is an inspiration that adversity is just another obstacle that you just hop on over and keep moving. What’s stated on the photo is advice that she has especially for you. Although she said it’s hard to choose one thing, she stated that this is the best!

“A woman’s soul is unbreakable, the strength of her spirit is infinite. Believe in yourself trust your inner voice. You have the power to get through any circumstance and be who and what you want to be.” -Kati Van Der Hoeven

Watch her inspirational TedTalk speech using this link. She is such an inspiration and role model for all of us to learn that life is not about what you think you can’t do, but what you think you CAN do! (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB1rgvwQ_T8)

Photo Courtesy of Kati van der Hoeven