Rookie teacher will stay next year

kwok.jpgAndy Kwok, a 23-year-old biology teacher whose progress we’ve followed this year, has decided to return to EXCEL High School in the fall, despite his struggles.

For the most part, we told the earlier stories in the My First Year series from Kwok’s point of view. This time, we decided to feature three of his students: Sunshine Mapp Parker, Brandon Stewart and Travon Adkins.

Read the stories and watch the videos here.

Katy Murphy

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

  • Sue

    First, a big thanks to Andy, and to all the teachers who stay in OUSD in spite of the problems, and keep trying to make it better for their students.

    Second, to the three students featured in the articles (and to all the other kids) my hopes and best wishes to you. Keep dreaming, and keep working for your dreams.

  • Catherine


    Thank you for being a part of the success in Oakland. Your ability to see the goodness, ability and potential in students is what all parents want from the teachers of their children.

    To the students in the article I want to give you one piece of wisdom I have learned over the years (read, hard lesson). You will find yourself in college – I see it for each of your futures – you will be given an opportunity to earn a degree, get an education or both. Never mistake a degree for an education. Always strive to learn, push the teachers to educate you, not just give you grades and a piece of paper. It’s the education that will carry you through life.

    Good luck and much happiness and success to all four of you!