Oakland, Alameda teachers named Alameda County Teacher of the Year

I’Asha Warfield (center) with Alameda County Superintendent Sheila Jordan and Board of Education Vice President Joaquin Rivera. Photos by David J. Erikson, courtesy of the Alameda County Office of Education.

Congratulations to the two Alameda County teachers of the year: I’Asha Warfield, from Oakland’s Frick Middle School, and Chris Hansen, from Alameda’s Lincoln Middle School.

They learned of the distinction last night, at an awards night organized by the Alameda County Office of Education. Now, they go on to compete for California Teacher of the Year.

In this video of Warfield, she talks about the conversations and debates that take place in her classroom. “I really, really believe in my students,” she said. “Their intellectual capacity is so great.”

Stephen Davis, a kindergarten teacher at Global Family Elementary School, was Oakland Unified’s other nominee for 2012-13. At a school board meeting last week, he said he had three rules for his students: 1) Be kind. 2) Be kind. 3) Be kind.


Here’s a list of all of the teachers in Alameda County who were honored this year:

  • Alameda COE: Kim Boerner, Quest Academy
  • Alameda USD: Chris Hansen, Lincoln Middle School
  • Berkeley USD: Liliana Aguas, Leconte Elementary School
  • Castro Valley USD: Sharon Brikovich-Pipkins,Palomares Elementary School
  • Dublin USD: Eugene Chou, Dublin High School
  • Eden Area ROP: Deborah Reinerio, San Leandro High School
  • Fremont USD: Jennifer Teguia, Kennedy High School
  • Hayward USD: Laura Retzlaff, Burbank Elementary
  • Livermore VJ USD: Linda L. Smith, Mendenhall Middle School
  • Mission Valley ROP: John Cimino, Mission Valley ROP Center
  • New Haven USD: Todd Szyslowski, Cabello Student Support Center
  • Newark USD: Connie Piserchio, Lincoln Elementary
  • Oakland USD: I’Asha Warfield, Frick Middle School
  • Oakland USD: Stephen Davis, GLobal Family School
  • Pleasanton USD: Jon Grantham, Amador Valley High School
  • San Leandro USD: Jennifer Achten, John Muir Middle School
  • San Lorenzo USD: Pamela Fobert, Corvallis Elementary School
  • Sunol Glen USD: Janet Boorujy, Sunol Glen School
  • Tri-Valley ROP: Tami Raaker, Foothill High School

Katy Murphy

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

  • Nontcair

    I used to work at a firm which recognized an “Employee of the Month”.

    I overheard my boss discussing the next winner. He asked, “Who hasn’t won yet?”

  • Nextset

    Which sounds like you were a low status employee perhaps doing retail clerking.

    Real professionals doing real jobs have an element of competition, even if that competition is political competition.

    By the way, where is the Piedmont Unified teacher on this list? They are in Alameda County also.

  • Anita

    Go I’Asha!!! You make us proud! Teaching is a hard job. Your dedication and competence is inspiring.

  • Steven Weinberg

    I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Warfield for my nine years at Frick. She is a truly outstanding teacher and deserving of this high honor.

  • Oakland Resident

    Great job Ms. Warfield! Thank you for putting our kids first. We need more educators like you.

  • Peach

    Congratulations Ms. Warfield. I’Asha, you exemplify the best in education.

    Through the years, I’Asha continues to hone her craft, learn from peers and treat her students with respect. She brings her best to her students at Frick, and they respond with shining examples of their talents and intellect.

    Thank you.

  • J.R.

    I love teachers like this!!!!

  • Nontcair

    That convenience store where I used to clerk was market driven.

    I worked alongside 3rd world immigrants. We had various levels of formal education. We had to wear silly looking uniforms and pay for our own coffee.

    If you could sell lottery tickets and smokes you were able to keep your job, possibly get a small raise. The best made supervisor, and put on a track to run their own store.

    There was no place for PC, baloney management techniques like “Employee of the Month”.

    Above-average but competitive (convenience) prices.

    That firm I previously mentioned was not market driven. The white collar employees all possessed at least a 4 yr college degree and all wore ties. All the Mr Coffee you could drink.

    Raises for new employees almost automatic.
    Strict affirmative action program in place.
    Good salaries and benefits.

    Employee of the month got a reserved parking spot and his picture taken with a PhD level, division president who was highly skilled in politics.

    Prices were highway robbery but still (inefficient) industry competitive.

  • Nontcair

    All the employees were vetted and had proven US Citizenship.

  • OUSD Parent

    #8 & #9: Nontcair, So what! What do your two posts have to do with anything on this thread?

  • Nontcair

    Just responding to #2, on my way to responding to your other post.

  • Alice Spearman

    Congratulations are due to Ms. Warfield! I have know here since she started teaching a Frick year ago, and Yes she is a extraordinary person, who just happens to be a consumate educator. Student’s who lives she has touched will never ever forget how she impacted their lives. We thank her for her dedication to our children. An honor very well deserved.

  • Alice Spearman

    Sorry fo the typo’s
    “She started teaching at Frick Years ago!”

  • Kareem W

    Congrats to all the winners at the city and county levels.

    Just wanted to chip in about Stephen Davis, one of the OUSD honorees. The guy is, hands down, one of the best teachers I’ve seen. While an OUSD admin, I brought many teachers to observe Mr. Davis. He was always gracious in sharing his practice. After teaching a lesson, he patiently answered teachers’ questions, explained the rationale behind his actions, and identified/shared key resources (He’s a published author for k-3 resources). For many teachers, their visit to Mr. Davis’ classroom was a key point in their development.

    His class moves like clockwork. Students thrive in his room; not only is there great learning taking place, but students also take responsibility for themselves and their choices. Because his planning is extraordinary, there is no wasted time.

    Mr. Davis’ willingness to open his doors puts him in a special category whereby his impact is nearly impossible to quantify. He’s one of the most humble people you’ll meet; OUSD did a great job of identifying him for their award.

    Again, congratulations to all the winners. Thank you for your dedication and service.