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Florence Saku

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Florence Saku was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. She is the 11th of thirteen children. Her education was based on the British system of education because Ghana used to be a British colony. Classes were taught in English. Florence attended kindergarten, primary school, middle school, and secondary school. Secondary education was seven years. The first five years led to the Ordinary Level or "O" Level certificate, and the other two years, referred to as the Sixth Form, led to the Advanced Level or "A" Level certificate. She attended the University of Ghana, Legon, in Accra graduating with a degree in Animal Science.

Florence Saku came to North America in 1989 to join her husband, James, who was studying for his master's degree in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. From Waterloo, Florence lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where her husband studied for his PhD. The Sakus moved to the United States in 1996 when her husband secured a job at Frostburg State University teaching Geography.

In 1999, Florence Saku obtained her Master of Business Administration degree from FSU and also pursued additional credits in Special Education. She is now a certified special education teacher with the Allegany County Board of Education. This is her sixth year with the Board of Education. Now at Allegany High School as a special education teacher her first four years were at Westmar High School.


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The caption for the photograph from the Cumberland Times-News reads African Culture Explored. Florence Saku, Westmar High School teacher, recently shared her experiences of growing up in Ghana with senior merit English classes. The classes are reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Saku brought in African food and clothing to help the students have a greater understanding of African culture.


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Allegany County, Maryland

African Americans, History; Allegany County (Md.), History.

Allegany County (Md.), 1890-2008

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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