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April 25, 2016

The young so educated

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Normally I would write about the Planning Board on a day of the Planning Board meeting, but it’s all pretty ho hum stuff, something about changing a street name and a family home project.  Those always take a long time and are interesting from a neighborhood politics standpoint, but nothing that has larger policy implications.

Instead I wanted to write about what I was going to post on Friday, but that went sideways because of the whole Prince death thing.

Every year the school district has this Teacher of the Year nomination.  This year Ruby Bridges finally had one finalist in the running, which was pretty exciting in itself.  Apparently the process is pretty rigorous with site visits from multiple teams and letters of reference etc etc.

While the folks affiliated with Ruby Bridges Elementary all knew that this teacher was something special and that she was more than worthy of being the eventual winner, it did seem like quite a daunting task given that the last few honorees had been from the middle and high school level.

Well, turns out, she won!

Alameda Unified’s Teacher of the Year is Mandie Cline, a veteran Kindergarten teacher from Ruby Bridges Elementary School.

I’ve had the honor and pleasure of working with Ms. Cline this past year, mostly on PTA projects, but her energy and enthusiasm is unmatched.  Neither of my children had Ms. Cline as a teacher so my interactions with her before I started getting involved in volunteering was pretty limited.

However, she is the epitome of a teacher leader and her passion for the school and its students is awe inspiring.

The amazing thing is that Ms. Cline is not the only amazing teacher at Ruby Bridges and it’s something that I’ve expressed multiple times.  It’s great that at least one teacher at Ruby Bridges is getting the well-deserved recognition.



  1. Congratulations to Mandie and to Ruby Bridges and to the other nominees. One teacher can make a tremendous positive difference in a student’s life and the ripple effect spreads throughout the school. Lauren- tell us what makes Mandie special and how does this affect Ruby Bridges?

    Comment by Captain Obvious — April 25, 2016 @ 6:25 am

  2. Today, I woke up and decided I wanted my focus to be a positive one. I often find that how we start the day tells us how our day will go. It is so great to open your post and find a positive message and comment from Captain Obvious. I remember all my great teachers as I grew up and they can make a huge difference…Thank you Mandie Cline for you service to our schools & community.

    Comment by joelsf — April 25, 2016 @ 8:20 am

  3. I was recently able to contact the Teacher I had for my Freshman and Sophmore English Class way back in 1963-65. This was a individual who opened up my world. I had found him on FB and ‘messaged him’ but that ended up in the ‘other folder’. Finally he saw it and responded back. It was really important for me that he know. It only takes one Teacher to change a student’s life.

    Comment by frank — April 25, 2016 @ 8:39 am

  4. This is wonderful Monday morning news, especially for the students at Ruby Bridges! Congratulations to Ms. Cline on the inspiring work you do every day — cheers!

    Comment by Dya — April 25, 2016 @ 12:08 pm

  5. A standout among a lot of great teachers at AUSD.

    (I always thought some of my teachers had special powers… Ms. Cline probably also knows something about healing right knees)

    Comment by MP — April 25, 2016 @ 12:52 pm

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