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Akbar Cook

Student Advocate & Principal at West Side High School; Educational Professional Known for Appearances on Ellen

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Akbar H. Cook Sr. is a devoted educational professional, student advocate and Principal at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Cook gained nationwide notoriety when he installed washing machines in his school to deter bullying and embarrassment for his students, who didn’t want anyone to know that their families couldn’t afford to wash their school uniforms. Ellen invited him on her show to have him share his incredible story. Since then, Cook has been back on her show a second time and has started the "Lights On" program. This provides students a safe place during peak crime hours and aims to reduce gun violence.

Mr. Cook’s love for children and basketball led him to Newark Vocational School in 2008, where he became head coach of the Boys’ Basketball Team, and in 2012, he was named Vice Principal of West Side High School. Mr. Cook is well known for having a stern, yet caring presence in the lives of many of Newark’s youth. His desire to uplift and educate children is always at the forefront of his work in Newark Public Schools. Mr. Cook volunteers in food kitchens and participates in Christmas tree and toy drives. He also organizes recreational activities for Newark Public School students and works closely with the Newark Police Department to ensure safe transportation for all students after school functions.

Born and raised in Newark’s West Ward, Mr. Cook is familiar with the challenges his students face and therefore equipped to help them in their personal lives and educational careers. He attended Essex Catholic High School, where he excelled as a student and basketball player. Mr. Cook attended college on two basketball scholarships, attending St. Catherine’s College in Kentucky before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University, a Division I university in Boca Raton, Florida. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Administration from St. Peters University in Jersey City in 2006.

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Akbar Cook

Student Advocate & Principal at West Side High School; Educational Professional Known for Appearances on Ellen

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Akbar Cook Biography

Akbar H. Cook Sr. is a devoted educational professional, student advocate and Principal at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Cook gained nationwide notoriety when he installed washing machines in his school to deter bullying and embarrassment for his students, who didn’t want anyone to know that their families couldn’t afford to wash their school uniforms. Ellen invited him on her show to have him share his incredible story. Since then, Cook has been back on her show a second time and has started the "Lights On" program. This provides students a safe place during peak crime hours and aims to reduce gun violence.

Mr. Cook’s love for children and basketball led him to Newark Vocational School in 2008, where he became head coach of the Boys’ Basketball Team, and in 2012, he was named Vice Principal of West Side High School. Mr. Cook is well known for having a stern, yet caring presence in the lives of many of Newark’s youth. His desire to uplift and educate children is always at the forefront of his work in Newark Public Schools. Mr. Cook volunteers in food kitchens and participates in Christmas tree and toy drives. He also organizes recreational activities for Newark Public School students and works closely with the Newark Police Department to ensure safe transportation for all students after school functions.

Born and raised in Newark’s West Ward, Mr. Cook is familiar with the challenges his students face and therefore equipped to help them in their personal lives and educational careers. He attended Essex Catholic High School, where he excelled as a student and basketball player. Mr. Cook attended college on two basketball scholarships, attending St. Catherine’s College in Kentucky before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University, a Division I university in Boca Raton, Florida. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Administration from St. Peters University in Jersey City in 2006.

Akbar Cook Videos

  • Ellen Welcomes Back Inspiring Principal Akbar Cook
    Ellen welcomed back New Jersey Principal Akbar Cook, who previously told Ellen about installing a free laundry room at his school, and ...
  • West Side High School Principal Akbar Cook | Sway's Universe
  • Ellen Meets Extraordinary New Jersey Principal Akbar Cook ...
    Ellen sat down with Akbar Cook, Principal of a Newark, New Jersey high school.

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  • How to book Akbar Cook?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Akbar Cook for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Akbar Cook, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Akbar Cook or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Akbar Cook?

    Booking fees for Akbar Cook, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Akbar Cook, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Akbar Cook?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Akbar Cook for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Akbar Cook for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Akbar Cook or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Akbar Cook or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Akbar Cook is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Akbar Cook for your event is available upon request. Akbar Cook generally travels from Newark, NJ, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Harvey Silver, Dan Porterfield, Jon Bergmann, Linda Darling-Hammond and Donna Orender. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Akbar Cook for an upcoming event.

Akbar Cook Speaker Videos

  • Ellen Welcomes Back Inspiring Principal Akbar Cook
    Ellen welcomed back New Jersey Principal Akbar Cook, who previously told Ellen about installing a free laundry room at his school, and ...
    West Side High School Principal Akbar Cook | Sway's Universe
  • Ellen Meets Extraordinary New Jersey Principal Akbar Cook ...
    Ellen sat down with Akbar Cook, Principal of a Newark, New Jersey high school.

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