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