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                                      Curriculum Vitae


114 Park Avenue, Suite 1B

Swarthmore, PA. 19081

Telephone Number: 484 983 2340

Email: [email protected]


  • Professional storyteller, educator, researcher, and ethnographer.
  • International community organizer and team builder.
  • Expertise in organizational strategic planning and school administration.
  • Published editor; business, analytic, academic, and creative writer.
  • Excellent administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills. 


  • Ed.D, Educational Leadership, St. Joseph?s University, 2009.
  • U.S. Dept. of Commerce Export Training Course, 2003.
  • Masters of Science, Business (Urban Economic Development), Eastern University, 2002.
  • Certification, American Montessori Society, 1998.
  • Graduate study, Storytelling, Bank Street Graduate College of Education, 1978.
  • Bachelor of Science, Speech, Howard University, 1971.
  • NAACP, Media Pennsylvania Branch Recipient of Outstanding Leadership Award, 2001

Founder and Director, Two Smiles for a Child, LLC, 1983?Present.

  • Adjunct Professor, Harcum College, Bryn Maur, Pennsylvania, 2010-Present.
  • Provide educational services to 25,000 youth (K-12) in three Delaware County school districts, since 2004.
  • Develop constructivist approach to learning in day, after school, and summer programs for youth. Clients: Wallingford Swarthmore School District, Substitute Teacher Service, Chester Police Atheletic League (PAL), Swarthmore College Community Coalition, Talk Associates, New Jersey City Community Awareness Series.
  • Provide an educational resource center to the public (location: Swarthmore Professional Building, 341 Dartmouth Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania), 2003-2004.
  • Two Smiles Learn and Play Summer Program offered free to Jersey City youth, 1995.
  • 500 professional storytelling performances for 10,000 adults and youth, since 1979. Clients: Museum of City of New York, New Jersey City Museum, Newark Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum, 50 private and public institutions in the United States, the Caribbean, and West Africa.
  • Facilitate teacher in-service workshops: Storytelling a Key to Learning Styles, The Teacher as Storyteller, Teaching Children African History, African American Study Guide, Storytelling in the Multi-Cultural Curriculum, Enhancing Students? Self-Esteem. Clients: New Jersey City University, New Jersey City School District, Bayonne Youth Center, Montessori Teacher Association of Pennsylvanian, Harrisburg Education Association-Ethnic Minority Caucus.
  • Direct educational workshops for youth in Senegal, West Africa, 2001 and 2002.
  •  Administer community needs analysis in the community of Thiaroye Azur (45 minutes from Dakar, Senegal) and develop proposals for pre-school education, water purification project, Rooftop gardening (food supply), HIV Prevention, and micro loan program.
  • Create proposal for African Diaspora Project, 2006 and 2010. 

Co-Founder and Assistant Director, With Pens in Hands Family Writing Program, The Pennsylvania Writing and Literary Project, Youth Programs, West Chester University, 2001-2006.

  • Administer highly acclaimed community-based writing program serving 150 families in a five-year period.
  • Write grant proposals in collaboration with the program director.
  • Successful writing program awarded $40,000 in five years by non-profit foundation.
  • Extrapolate data from surveys and questionnaires for program evaluation.
  • Originate organizational publications.
  • Represent organization at community meetings, conferences, and workshops.
  • Prepare financial report.

Chairperson, Diversity Council, Wallingford Swarthmore School District; Media, Pennsylvania Branch NAACP; and the United States Department of Education (OCR), 2000-2003.

  • Negotiate historical partnership between the school district, community organization, and government agency.
  •  Conceptualise and negotiate legal agreement promoting equity in educational practices for diverse student population attending five schools.
  • Chair council meetings, plan agenda, write reports, and collaborate with council members.
  • Liaison for OCR, school administrators, teachers, parents, students, and community groups.
  • Promote the work of the diversity council in the print and television media.
  • Interpret educational data (discipline records, etc), evaluate district policy, and make recommendations to school administration.

Eastern University Graduate Intern, Temple University Small Business Development Center, 2002-2003.  

  • Strategic planning for Department of Commerce and Temple University SBDC i.e, identify vision, mission, goals, objectives and creating the budget for Temple University SBDC sponsorship of Dept. of Commerce export/import course.
  • Assess community need for export/import training.
  • Compose marketing strategy to recruit participants. 


  • Design learning environment.
  • Observe students, maintain records and report individual student progress.
  • Individualized/small group instruction in reading, math, writing, geography, science, art, movement, and life skills.
  • Substitute Teacher Services (STS); substitute teacher, K-12, 2003-2010.
  • Kehillah Learning Center; preschool teacher, 1998-1999.
  • Wilmington Montessori School; substitute preschool teacher, 1997-1998.
  • Wilmington Montessori School; preschool intern, 1996-1997.
  • Maywood Montessori Learning Center, preschool intern, 1992-1994.
  • The Family School, preschool teaching assistant, 1992-1993.
  • The Caedmon School, substitute elementary teacher, 1991-1992. 

Member, Community Advisory Board, Youth Development Program, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Wellness Center; 2001-2005.

Media, Pennsylvania Branch, N. A. A. C. P. Education Committee Chairperson, 1999-2001; Vice President, 2001.

The Photographic Center of Harlem; public relations services provided pro bono; 1991-1997.  

Remember Sister Alma John Project memorializing at the Schomsburg Library in Harlem, New York, the life work of radio, television and print media pioneer, the late Alma Nomsa John, R.N.

Joyous Pregnancy Program providing information to prospective mothers about health and well-being, Jersey City Pubic Library, Miller Branch; 1987.

Founded Two Smiles for a Child providing free educational services in Petersburg, Virginia; 1983.


In His Own Voice: John Dewey, presented at the Saint Joseph's University Conference: Civic Engagement: Revisiting the Role of the University and Aesthetics as a Language of Possibility, May 21-22, 2011. 

My Ancestors were Never Slaves, presented at the Le Forum Festival Mondial des Arts Negres, 10-31 Decembre 2010.

?Promoting Reading and Writing at Home, Crossing the Bridge into the New Millennium,? Harrisburg Education Association, Ethnic Minority Caucus, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; 2000.

?Teacher as Storyteller, Revising Montessori Education for all Children,? Montessori Teachers? Association of Pennsylvania, Eighth Early Childhood Fall Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 1997.

 ?Storytelling A Key to Learning Styles,? 1996 Conference on New Developments in Early Childhood Education, Jersey City State College; 1996.

?Using Multicultural Folktales to Teach Your Child,? The Jersey City Public Schools? Second Annual Parents? Symposium, Jersey City, New Jersey; 1991.


Diaw, P. W. (Editor). (2011). Two Smiles News Bulletin. Swarthmore, PA: Two Smiles for a Child, LLC.

(2011). Recipe: Thirty-Two Poems about life. Swarthmore, PA: Two Smiles for a Child, LLC 

Diaw, P. W. (2004, July). Recipe, a poem. Essence, p. 208.

Evans, C., & Barrow, P. (2004). With pens in hands family writing program: Promoting and improving literacy family by family. The Pennsylvania Administrator, pp. 21-22.

Barrow, P. (2000, October 6). On achieving harmony and understanding (Letter to the editor). The Swarthmorean, p. 5. *

Barrow, P. (1998, June 5). Ending racism in our schools. The Swarthmorean, p. 4.

SHMS students produce black history show (1998, April 3). The Swarthmorean, p. 2.

Barrow, P. (1997, March 7). SHMS students create black history assembly. The Swarthmorean, p. 3.

Ali, A. (1991). Photo show and reception at museum of the City of New York. Metro Exchange, pp. 11, 19. *

Ali, A. (1991, March 12). Celebration of the mosaic exhibit dedicated to sister Alma Nomsa John. New York Amsterdam News, p. 22.

Ali, A. (1988, April 9). Remembering sister Alma John. New York Amsterdam News, p. 46.

Ali, A. (1988, January 9). Kwanza program hails sister John. New York Amsterdam News, p. 31.

Ali, A. (1978, December 30). Andy Young?s wife chairs year of the child. New York Amsterdam News, p. C.5.

Ali, A. (1978, December 23). Xmas tree sets Harlem tradition. New York Amsterdam News, p. 1.

*Patricia Williams Diaw, formerly Patricia Barrow, writes and performs using the pseudonym Abiwa Ali and Abiwa The Storyteller. 



Out Here in the World, is an ethnographic study and personal narrative celebrating six decades of life in America (the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s).

For This I Live, Finding Meaning in Whatever You Are Doing at the Moment highlights the importance and hidden potentiality of day-to-day experiences and occurrences.

For Women: Exploring the Challenges of Family Life describes the life journey of three extraordinary women who were successfully married for more than twenty-five years.

Bugga Naala (Wolof words meaning: I Love You) chronicle of the history of the Diaw Family and their Wollo Kingdom in Louga, Senegal from pre-colonial West Africa to now.

Minerva, autoethnography and historical fiction about a twelve-year-old girl growing up in the segregated south during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Abd al Rahman Ibrahima is the story of a prince born in 18th Century in West Africa. As a youth, he was abducted from his home, transported to America during the transatlantic slave trade, and lived most of his life on a southern plantation as a slave. According to research, after a presidental decree was signed, Abd al Rahman returned to the Africa and lived the declining years of his life free, in Liberia.

With Names They Came is a story about the origin and history of Africans that were brought to the eastern shores of Jersey City, New Jersey (based on secondary research conducted by now deceased, Glenn Cunningham, former Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey). 


National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), 2011-2012.

Black Caucuse, National Council of Teachers of English, 2011-2012. 


Dr. Ron Van Langeveld, Director of Student Services

Wallingford Swarthmore School District

200 S. Providence Road

Wallingford, PA.  19086

(610) 892-3470, ext. 1505

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Dr. Robert Palestini, Dean of Graduate Programs

Saint Joseph?s University, Barbelin 110

5600 City Line Avenue

Philadelphia, PA. 19131

(610) 660-1288

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Mrs. Mary Reindorp

107 Rutgers Avenue, A4

Swarthmore, PA.  19081

(610) 892-3470

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