Here comes the bride … to the schoolyard

Jesse Inclan and Candace Chang marry at Hillcrest School in Oakland, where they work. Courtesy photo.

Talk about an exciting last day of school. Teachers Candace Chang and Jesse Inclan decided to tie the knot this morning at the place where they fell in love: Hillcrest School in Oakland.

Beverly Rothenberg, the school principal, performed the surprise outdoor ceremony before about 325 students and many of their parents. Chang wore a knee-length wedding dress and the groom, a physical education teacher, wore a light-colored suit. The kids blew bubbles at the end.

“Everyone had a big smile on their face for the rest of the day because it was so uplifting,” Rothenberg said. “It was so happy.”

A short story and photo will appear in tomorrow’s Tribune.

Katy Murphy

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

  • Turanga_teach

    Best wishes to the happy couple! I don’t know the bride, but the groom has been an absolute dynamo at the school (not Hillcrest) where I teach.

  • Michael L. Moore, Sr.

    Marriage is still greeeeeaaaat!!!!



  • Gipson

    I think this is one of the best stories I’ve read all year! Congratulations to the newlyweds!!

  • Deb and Rob

    Congratulations to the Bride and Groom! What a fantastic memory for the kids and what a sweet way to commemorate their love for each other. Best wishes for a happy and long marriage!

  • Erica

    Ms. Chang and Mr. Inclan were my first grade teachers. I went back to find my grade-school teachers, and was so surprised to find Ms. Candace Inclan. Wow!