OPT Honors “Parent Friendliest Teachers in Oakland”

Henry Hitz

Assemblypersons Sandre Swanson and Nancy Skinner presented proclamations to outstanding teachers nominated by Oakland Parents Together (OPT) at their tenth anniversary celebration Saturday, Jan. 22.
OPT honored the “Parent Friendliest Teachers in Oakland.” The winners were: Dr. LaPaulette Taylor, McClymonds High School; Brian Kresie, Kippbridge Charter School; Roberta Parker, Santa Fe Elementary School; and Gwen Wallace, New Highland Child Development Center. They also gave an honor to the other 10 nominees as well, including: Irma Wilson, Santa Fe Child Development Center; Lilly Kim, Kippbridge Charter School; Billy Tang, Montera Middle School; Paul Smith, REACH Academy; Ashlee Gutierrez, West Oakland Middle School; John Sullivan, Edna Brewer Middle School; Madeline Noonan, Think College Now; Robert Jue, Montclair Elementary School; Karin Foust, Thornhill Elementary School; and Janina Brown, Prescott Elementary School.
According to OPT Executive Director Henry Hitz, “These aren’t the teachers who make home visits; these are the teachers who visit your home. They are the ones that understand that building a robust alliance between a parent and a teacher is a powerful strategy for school and societal reform: it is also the pedagogical strategy that will most benefit students. Teachers need to learn about the families of their students just as the students need to learn the course content.”
The event was held at art dealer Foster Goldstrom’s historic Guy Hyde Chick House designed by Bernard Maybeck. Black Caucus President Geoffrey Pete served as Master of Ceremonies. OPT organizes and empowers parents in the Oakland public schools.
For more information about OPT, go to www.parentstogether.org