Maima Dandai

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Maima was born in Monrovia, Liberia and  moved to the United State at age three. She never had any goal or dream of being a teacher or a career that involve being around kids. All that changed when she had her son. Maima really wanted her son to have a sense of autonomy and have confidence in his own ideas and decisions, very different from how she was raised.

Maima came across Our Neighborhood and the philosophies peaked her interest. The focus on respect for children as fully-fledged people and on working together with them to support their growth rather than creating top-down rules really appealed to her. She’s so excited to start this journey at Our Neighborhood and see where it takes her.