Share your back to school photos, stories

photo by Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group

So much happens on the first day of school. There are so many moments — funny, sweet, poignant, awkward — that I’d like to collect some of them, straight from you.

The simplest way for me to do this, I’m told by our social media experts, is through Twitter.

If you’re game, tweet your pictures, funny stories, anecdotes, thoughts and even breaking news — and include the hashtag #oaklandschools so I can find it. If we get enough material, we might create a Storify page to highlight your collective photos and musings from the day.

I’ll be tweeting too, from @katymurphy.

Best wishes in your final back-to-school preparations!

Katy Murphy

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

  • Flora

    Any news on American Indian Model Schools?

    I understand 90% of the teachers/staff left from American Indian Public Charter School I and II, as well as the High School.

  • Nontcair

    My lasting impression is witnessing all the imported luxury SUVs lined up outside Lafaeyette Elementary School in the AM.

    Some obviously with the nanny at the helm. The kids all dressed in designer clothes.

    Q) Where are the moms?
    A) ½ mile away at Peet’s.

    Why can’t those Real Housewives either send their kids to private schools or else pay a sizable user fee to enroll their kids in LafSD?

  • Ann Joseph

    I don’t have photos, but was impressed with how Montera teachers were so caring and supportive with the new 6th graders today. A great sign!

  • Katy Murphy

    Thanks, Ann — you should tweet that! (Still not sure what we’ll do with all the tweets, but first things first!)

  • Molly Malley

    Montera Middle School Administrative Staff Experience
    Dr. T: 1 year
    Mr. P: 0 year
    Ms. C: 0 year
    Total years of Administrative Experience: 1

    Last year the administrative team’s experience:

    Mr. M: 10 years
    Mr. K: 6 years
    Dr. T: 0 year
    Total Years of Administrative Experience: 16

    Finally, I noticed in the Montclairon article that there was no Ph.D. noted for Dr. Tranzor, and that they referred to her as “Ms.” Does she have a doctorate?

  • Katy Murphy

    I’m not sure but in general, according to AP style, most newspapers only use “Dr.” if the person is an MD — not for the highly educated in other fields.

  • OUSD Parent

    Molly, I think that she does have a PhD. The parent community I know at Montera has been referring to her as Dr. Tranzor.

  • Molly Malley

    I know the community refers to her as Dr. Tranzor, but I cannot find any information on her PhD. Do you know where she studied and in what field? Several parents have asked her for this information, but she would not answer directly.

    I know she has an impressive educational background, and there is plenty of public information about her other degrees(BA and JD), but I can’t find anything about her PhD.

  • OUSD Parent

    #8- Hi Molly, Here’s a link to a piece in the SJ Merc about the change in administration at Montera.


    A paragraph near the end summarizes Tina Tranzor’s educational background.

  • Molly Malley

    Thanks, but this article raises the same question for me. There is no mention of a doctorate in the description of her educational credentials. Does she have one? If yes, where did she get it and in what field of study?

    I quote from the article below:
    “Tranzor’s credentials include a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley in English, a law degree from the University of Iowa, a teaching credential from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda and an advanced degree as an educational specialist from Union University in Tennessee.”

  • Nontcair

    In the private sector managers are people who have demonstrated that they can can get the job done; not necessarily those with a doctorate.

    In any event good companies are looing for employees who can work independently. That is, with a *minimum* of management level supervision. After all, managers are expensive — especially those with advanced degrees.

    In sectors of the economy dominated by the government (such as public education), managers are *ubiquitous* — especially those with advanced degrees. PhDs, no doubt, abound.

    The reason, of course, is that managers are expensive.

    Why don’t all you snobs who want Phds ruuning your kids’ school go out and open one of your own? Then you populate your departments with experts of every stripe.

    Leave the beleaguered taxpayers alone.