Maralene Ferguson Bates
Maralene Ferguson Bates has degrees in Business Administration and Business Management. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Medgar Evers College,
in Brooklyn, New York and a U.S. Army veteran. She is a Georgia Certified Educator and an approved test facilitator for the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and Stanford Tests. She has been included in two editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She has international certification for TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language).
Ms. Maatsaellah has participated in Montessori classrooms, taught second-grade A Beka curriculum, and worked as a classroom tutor under the Title 1 Program. She continues to support homeschooling families, tutor individual students, teach group classes, and provide test preparation for SAT, ACT, GED, and ASVAB exams.
She completed the StartME: Clarkston Business Development program—earning one of three cohort nominations to receive a business funding award. She continues to hone her business and education expertise through various courses and programs. Her latest certifications:
--Increase Reading Comprehension with Actively Learn
--Creating a Choice Board with Google
Sankofa Education Services (SES) started as Alkebu-Lan Homeschool in the fall of 1990. The Founder and Director, Ms. Maralene Ferguson Bates (aka Ms. Maatsaellah), saw a need to provide a space for young children to learn in a nurturing environment tailored to their individual learning styles. She began homeschooling her children and the children of other families, friends, and neighbors.
The collective of families grew into a child-centered community that was committed to an alternative education style. They lived, taught, and emulated the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” The homeschool environment proved successful in developing an atmosphere where each student was treated as an individual and parent participation was an integral part of their education.
Over the years, Sankofa Education Services has evolved from its original homeschool model to academic support services that meet the changing needs of students and families. SES uses several online scholastic resources to support students' learning.
In response to COVID-19, all services are provided virtually using the Zoom meeting platform.
Sankofa is an Adinkra symbol of Ghana, West Africa, meaning to "go back and fetch it." The image is generally a bird preening its back feathers. It is a reminder to learn from the past as a guide to the future.