Nenji Yilpet is the Assistant Principal at Caliber: ChangeMakers Academy. Her love and commitment to the students, families and communities is out of this world! She embodies all of our pillars- HEART,SMART, THINK, ACT on a daily basis. We are truly lucky to have Nenji at Caliber. She is someone that truly leads by example and naturally inspires and lifts others with her radiant energy!
Words about Nenji from her coworkers:
"Nenji is a loving, passionate, incredible educator who supports ALL students, staff, and families. Anyone who is with Nenji feels her contagious love and passion for kids. Personally, I love Nenji and CMA is so blessed to have her. Nenji is a gem and is loved by all."
"Nenji is a superstar! She is an amazing educator who is 100% dedicated to all of our students. Her commitment is a daily inspiration and she makes me want to work harder every day to create a school where students can reach their full potential. Nenji has taught me so much through thought provoking conversations and just by being who she is in our community. I am grateful to be part of Nenji's team and to learn and laugh with her everyday. "
"What can I say about Ms.Yilpet!!! She is dedicated to our school and the children. Her humbleness and work ethic is what I strive to be. Nenji is an amazing leader and educator. She is on the move constantly ensuring all teachers and students are getting what they need. If I had an extensive amount of money I would buy her a Segway :) "
"Nenji is an achiever in every sense of the word. I love her commitment to rigorous instruction while continuing to support our student's in their socio-emotional development. Nenji has this super special talent in which she is able to balance the delicate balance of making sure student's get what they need, teachers feel supported and families feel heard. She is able to do all of this with grace and a great sense of humor!"
A recent interview with Nenji:
What is your favorite thing about working at Caliber?
My favorite thing about working at Caliber is the people. I absolutely love our school team and our babies and families! I learn so much on a daily basis from our kids, teachers and the rest of the leadership team. It is beautiful to work in a place that feels like family and embodies the belief that "we fall together and rise together."
What was your favorite subject when you were in school and why?
As child, I loved writing. Probably because I also loved talking! I was in 2nd grade and I discovered how powerful it was to use writing as a means of communication. I wrote a story for our school district in Chicago, and I won the Young Author’s Award. Definitely a highlight of my elementary years!
What is your favorite memory associated with music (maybe a memorable concert, or playing an instrument yourself!)?
My favorite memory associated with music is seeing The Lion King on Broadway in New York. Absolutely mind blowing! Loved every moment of it!
If you could go on a dream vacation, what would you do + where would you go?
My dream vacation (hoping to make it happen in the next year) would be to go to South Africa. Oh, and I would also do a lot of zip lining, hiking, snorkeling, and make sure to eat dinner on the beach, possibly even skydive. I love to travel. I grew up around the world with people from everywhere. So any chance I get, I’m always ready to experience new places. I prefer being in local communities when I travel too!
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area (or specifically Vallejo )?
Again, I would have to say the people. My life has taken me to many different communities and I love getting to know the people in Vallejo, their stories and values.
What is one fun fact that most people don't know about you?
Something about me that some people may not know is that I identify as a black, bi-cultural woman. Some people may not know I’m bi-cultural. I was raised by a West African father from Nigeria and an African American mother from Detroit. My parents raised me equally across both heritages and I absolutely loved growing up between two worlds: growing up riding the bus to school in North Chicago as a kid and then as a teen speaking pigeon English hanging out on the streets in my city in Nigeria. My family and the communities I come from are everything to me!