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.