Oakland teacher named Alameda County’s teacher of the year

Congratulations to Juliana Jones, a seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher at Westlake Middle School Montera Middle School. The Oakland Teacher of the Year learned last night that she was being honored as one of the two best teachers in the county.

A spokeswoman for the county says Jones has been at Montera for about six years — and that she taught in Beverly Hills before coming to Oakland.

Linda Lamoureaux, a special education teacher at Livermore High School, was the other winner.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Debora

    Congratulations Juliana!

    I work in downtown Oakland and take Harrison Street past Westlake Middle School. I have noticed in the past couple of years that the students are more respectful, don’t stand in the middle of the street, throw trash on the ground, rough house, than in years past. It’s great to drive by a group of diverse students who appear to be engaged in the world around them. It is teachers like Juliana who will turn Oakland public schools into a place we want to send our kids.

  • Alice Hale

    No, no, no, the amazing Juliana Jones teaches at Montera Middle School! Montera has gone through a rough patch lately, but Juliana is one of the reasons our family has stayed there — she is not only a fabulous teacher, but a wonderful person who cares about her students as people first and foremost.

    Juliana Jones is part of one of the great secrets of the Oakland School District — the terrific math department at Montera. They use an innovative approach to teach math to kids who struggle with it. Juliana and the other teachers at Montera not only believe every child can succeed at math, they realize it is essential for their future academic and even professional success. They live and breath the concept of no child left behind!

  • Katy Murphy

    I’m sure that Westlake teachers will take heart in your observation, Debora, even if Ms. Jones isn’t on the staff, as I mistakenly wrote.

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