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Powerhouse Perry now inspiring others

  • Keema Perry, creator of Powerhouse Academy  (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Keema Perry, creator of Powerhouse Academy (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Keema Perry feeling empowered (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Keema Perry, creator of Powerhouse Academy (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Keema Perry creator of Powerhouse Academy (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Keema Perry believes in helping people to find their power.

She ran a part-time business, hawking her home-made beauty products, until she came across a website for self-help guru Lisa Nichols two years ago.

It changed her life.

“She kept using the word power,” said Ms Perry, deputy principal at St George’s Preparatory School. “She talked about your ‘power house’ and becoming your ‘power business’.

“I realised I didn’t need to sell something. I could be true to teaching, which is what I am passionate about.”

She created Powerhouse Academy in September, 2015 and held a workshop for teachers at her school that same month.

“I wanted to inspire others to develop a positive mindset and create balance for their hearts, minds, bodies and spirits,” Ms Perry said.

“I dug deep into my own experiences. I told teachers that they had to take power over their thoughts.

“Whatever we believe the children will be is exactly the results we will get. We have to believe each child will be successful in some way, and success may look different for every child.”

The workshop went over so well that the Bermuda Union of Teachers and the St George’s Prep PTA came calling. She held her first conference for teachers in June.

“I am most proud of that conference,” she said. “I was terrified that no one would come. A week before the conference, there were only four people signed up.”

Sixteen people turned up for the event.

“Sixteen turned out to be the perfect number,” she said.

That success made her realise her potential.

“I just felt such an increase in confidence,” she said. “If you would have told me two years ago that I would be doing what I am doing now, I would have said no way. I really had to step out of my comcomfort zone.”

The 43-year-old is behind a masterclass for women on Saturday. The idea is to help them reach their capabilities.

“I am reaching out to women who feel overworked, overstretched and overwhelmed,” she said. “We will create a feeling of balance.

“It will be a mix of discussion, some written activities, and a couple of group activities.”

Years ago, she felt overwhelmed raising her son Keron.

“As a teacher you are expected to have perfect children and here I had this ball of energy,” she said. “A lot of times I would say to him, why can’t you just behave?

“Why can’t you just listen? My thoughts were: he’s not behaving, I must be a bad parent. I felt a lot of guilt.”

Doctors discovered her son, who is now 25 and doing well, had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

“We tried Ritalin, psychology, homeopathy, everything,” she said.

It wasn’t until Ms Perry’s first masterclass in January that she was able to release all the guilt.

“For the first time, I knew I did the best I could with what I knew and how I was emotionally,” she said. “Through the class I realised it was me that needed to change.

“I had to accept him for who he was not for how I wanted him to be. He was my gift. If he wasn’t the way he was, I don’t think I would understand the boys in my classroom today. He has taught me acceptance and tolerance.”

Join Keema Perry from 10am to 12.30pm at St George’s Preparatory School. Tickets are $99. To register e-mail powerhouseacademybermuda@gmail.com or call 705-8382. See Powerhouse Academy Bermuda on Facebook.