In her first, but not final, illustrated children’s book, Be Safe and Mighty, Almease writes simple, concrete meanings of how to be safe across various personal and environmental milieus. The content is designed to probe discussions with early learners about thoughts, feelings, and skills essential for embracing pro-safe choices. The colorful, animated illustrations are intended for readers to make connections, inferences, and give feedback based on their ideas and prior knowledge.
As a school social worker, former adjunct lecturer, foster family agency supervisor, consultant, and community mental health clinician, Almease has serviced hundreds of children and families using evidence-based, culturally informed practices. She has designed projects, programs, and frameworks to widen the capacity for children’s safety, social well-being, and emotional intelligence. Almease is undoubtedly committed to the advancement of a just, liberated society where children know how to put safety first!
Almease continues to reside in Inglewood, CA with her devoted husband and three children, aged 21 (away in college), 12, and 1. Her interests include education policy and reform, public speaking, writing, traveling, teaching, cooking, and celebrating differences.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
– James Baldwin