Saturday Academy Alumni News: Ibari Ezekwe

posted Feb 23, 2015, 12:28 PM by Scott Lemmon   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 2:11 PM ]

Ibari Ezekwe graduated from J.C. Harmon High School in 2004.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas (KU) in 2009.  Following her graduation, she worked for 2 years as a Research Assistant for KU Life Span Institute at Parsons. Ibari was hired as a Teacher a Teacher at the New England Center for Children, in Massachusetts.  The New England Center for Children transferred Ibari to their Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates center site where she continues to teach the children.


 Ibari’s growing interests are to: further her education in the field of Psychology/Behavior Analysis, and make pivotal contributions in the development of treatment interventions for clinical disorders, especially among the youth.


Ibari was involved in Summer Science Academy, Saturday Academy, and the Kansas City Mentoring Initiative (After-School) programs.  Ibari states, “These programs encouraged and developed my interests, through the seminars (i.e. art classes, and so on), cultural events, and the overall communal structure embedded in them.  Furthermore, through the Saturday Academy and the after-school programs, I was introduced to a communal need for the act of ‘giving back’ (not just the concept of ‘giving back’), and I had passion for that; this is still a growing interest of mine.  My current love for poetry (writing and otherwise) was also (thankfully) developed in one of these previously mentioned programs.  These programs are structured to encourage and build-up young generations, through mentorship, classes/trainings, and cultural expositions; therefore, they are necessary.”