I grew up in a very small town in the Lowcountry of South Carolina (not even a traffic light). I did well in school because I wanted to make sure that I
got out as fast as the law would allow. I entered college with the notion that in four years I would have a degree that I could use to secure a job
immediately, work for the rest of my life, and never set foot back in another classroom. Why? Because I HATED school! As I have matured, thankfully I
realized that I LOVE learning! Needless to say, I have been in many classrooms - in person and online - since I left college for the first time in 1992.
I have a tremendous passion for excellence, intellectual challenges, and lifelong learning. It has taken over 40 years of living, but I have finally
realized that my purpose in life is to provide educational services to students of all ages who need personal attention in their studies.
As a lifelong student, I have earned five college degrees - Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Howard University), Bachelor of Information Technology (DeVry University), Master of Human Resources Development (Webster University), Master of Business Administration (Webster University), and Master of Marketing Research (University of Georgia). Along the way, I obtained Professional Engineer (PE) licenses in South Carolina and Georgia as well as became certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Since learning never stops, I continue to engage in additional classes and training to enhance my skills by taking on-line classes through the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library or in-person classes through employers or at community events.
During the last twenty-one years, I received my most cherished gifts. I am the proud mother of five wonderful children. My desire is to one day leave a financial and spiritual legacy for my children, grandchildren, and many generations to come. Over the years, I have received the greatest lessons about what children need from these five gifts from God. They have been a blessing and have made me very proud academically. Of course, they lead my Success Stories.
None of this would be possible without extraordinary grace and favor. On Easter Sunday 2001, I accepted Christ as my personal savior and was baptized. I truly trust God to fulfill his every promise. I walk in faith and move according to the Lord's direction as I fulfill my purpose through the vision He has given to me. Before my second marriage, I chose Ama (Most Ancient) Mariama (Gift from God) Alimayu (In Honor of God) as my African name. Alimayu is now the name of the umbrella for the many business endeavors I plan to pursue.
Even before I realized that I was answering my life's call, I had my first students. When I was in first grade, I remember helping my older sister with her second grade homework. I don't recall if I was in elementary or middle school, but my mother would take with her to her Accounting class at a local community college so that I could help her with her homework. I helped my first official student in Calculus while I was in college. I continued to volunteer at a local private school through college and helped my friends with their college papers. Once I acquired my first job, I could not stay away from the children. I volunteered as a Junior Achievement presenter in the local schools. Over the years, I have realized that children are not the only ones who need help in school. As a result, I have tutored many college and graduate students in math, writing, and business courses. It took many years for me to realize that people were getting paid for what I was doing. In 2011, I signed up with Wyzant.com to find more students to help. To date, I have logged over 600 hours of tutoring on the website. I have also been helping several other students who have contacted me directly on a weekly or as-needed basis. Once the demand for my services extended beyond the 10-15 weekly part-time hours that I could devote to my students, I was constantly denying services to many who needed help for themselves or their children. Of course that would never do, so Promise Learning was born. I have enlisted the help of certified teachers, educational professionals, and college graduates to help me meet the needs of students from kindergarten to adult.
In my ample spare time, I administer the Read2Lead program at a local elementary school for the PTA, volunteer to facilitate Junior Achievement programs in local schools, serve on the Title I Parent Advisory Board for Fulton County, serve as a volunteer and judge for STEM events and competition in Fulton County, and serve as a scholarship application evaluator for a local chapter of a national sorority. Professionally, I have held various engineering, marketing, and project management positions for nearly 20 years in Corporate America and worked as a Fulton County school bus driver for 3 years.