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Oakland, Alameda teachers named Alameda County Teacher of the Year

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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.

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