Francis  Mustapha

Francis Kemba Mustapha was born in Medina, a small village
in Sierra Leone, West Africa. His pursuit of education led him to a
neighboring village, a mission boarding school and eventually to
America, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Indiana
Wesleyan University and Masters and Educational Specialist degrees from
Indiana University. He and his American wife returned to West Africa in
1979 to teach in two teacher training schools in Liberia and Sierra
Leone until economic, political and medical situations there brought the
family back to America in 1983. War since 1990 has destroyed both
training institutions, and in 1995, Mustapha’s own home village. Since
1983, Francis has been a biology teacher in the Fort Wayne Community
Schools. He was granted U.S. citizenship in July of 1992. In the fall of
1995 he began doctoral studies at Indiana University.

Special Recognition


Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year


Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award


National Teacher of the Year finalist


Distinguished Alumni Award, Indiana University School of Education


Outstanding Alumni Award in Education, Indiana Wesleyan University


Excellence in Education Award


Fellowships from the National Institute of Health and the American Society of Cell Biology