Bashea Jenkins-Imana has been committed to inspiring, educating, and empowering youth for over 16 years. A product of Prince George’s County Public Schools, Bashea taught in Prince George’s County for 13 years and served as a master educator in DC Public Schools, where she provided instructional support to teachers. Bashea is the owner of Kuumba Kids, an innovative developer and provider of educational programs and materials for children. She is also the co-founder of The Baobab Tree Foundation, a non-profit educational organization.
As a seasoned educator, Bashea uses the arts to support core-curriculum subjects such as reading, mathematics, science, and history. She also uses the arts to promote critical thinking, character development, cooperative work, and creativity. Bashea’s energetic, enthusiastic, and motivating personality captivates children. As a master teacher and artist, Bashea is frequently invited to provide educational enrichment programs, professional development, in-school residencies, and cultural arts events throughout the metropolitan area. She serves Prince George’s County Public Schools, DC Public Schools, local community daycare and early learning centers, Maryland Park and Planning, and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts.
Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Prince George’s County Gazette, The Hyattsville Wire, WPGC 95.5, and WPFW 89.3. Bashea performs monthly children’s programs at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville and recently released her first educational children’s CD, “Ooh Kuumba!” Bashea is happily married to Dr. Kwaw Imana and a proud mother of two. She is expecting a new addition to the family in March.