“What brought me to teach English as a Second Language is the belief that I have something to offer the community as an immigrant myself,” said Gilbert Gabriel, who works in the insurance industry by day and teaches adult ESL at night at Richmond High School.
From the Galapagos Islands to Alaska and from Finland to the Arctic, Michael Wing has traveled all over the world bringing science lessons back to his students thanks to grants that allow him to do fieldwork during his travels. He’s even written a book in the pursuit of his passion for science and teaching that helps guide others to do the same.
James Langford was the first African-American teacher at Weed Elementary School, launching his career there in 1974. He wrote his master’s thesis on the history of the local African-American community and, after retirement, he went on to collaborate with filmmaker Mark Oliver on the documentary From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights.
Mission Oak High School speech and debate teacher Laurie Jones is in her second career—one which she landed by accident. She started in the music business at the Recording Academy, better known as the organization that produces the Grammy Awards.
The first thing that gets you is the eyes. A woman stares back at you from a photo taken from what seems like 150 years ago. Instead, it’s the latest masterwork of Kathryn Mayo, a professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.
After 43 years as an educator, it’s hard for Emelina Emaas to imagine a life without students. “I kept saying I would retire last year, but I couldn’t even fill out the application. My heart is rebelling.”
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