Kaba Hiawatha Kamene was born with the name, Booker Taliaferro Coleman, Jr., at New York Hospital, on Monday, November 16, 1953. He is a teacher, consultant, administrator, staff developer and curriculum writer. Kaba Hiawatha has been an educator in Bronx, N.Y., since October 6, 1979. He married Sharen Deans on May 1st, 1981. They have three (3) children, two (2) girls Sasha (b.1984), Candace (b.1988) and one (1) boy Heru (b.1994). Throughout the 90’s Kaba Hiawatha served as Curriculum and Staff specialist on several New Vision and Charter School teams. He now is a staff developer at the Harriet Tubman Charter School in Bronx, N.Y. In September 2001, he implemented his lifelong goal of developing an African-Centered Science Academy named, “Per Ankh (House Of Life)”. Kaba Hiawatha functions as the Academy’s Principal Facilitator and Chief Executive Officer. Recently, Kaba has opened a second school in Boston.
Kaba Hiawatha Kamene received his Bachelors Degree in International Politics from New York University, his minor was in Caribbean Studies (June77). He got his first (1st) Masters in Art from Hunter College, N.Y. History (June 87). His second (2nd) Masters was in Science of Educational Administration and Supervision, from City College of New York (Feb.88).
Over Kaba Hiawatha’s long career in Education, he has consulted many Boards of Education, Schools, Community, Parent and Student groups. He has visited many classrooms around the country and implemented successful strategies in the teaching/learning process. He is firmly dedicated to the belief that culture plays a vitally important role in education and proudly credits many of his academic views to his teacher world-renowned, educator, Professor John Henrik Clarke.