How many Latino/a teachers have you had? Teach Tomorrow in Oakland and the Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation want to know.

They are jointly holding a Teacher Recruitment Fair on Thursday, August 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation, 1470 Fruitvale Avenue, Room 7, in Oakland.

Individuals with Bachelor’s degrees — or about to graduate with them — are encouraged to attend, as are those who are changing careers and who may be considering teaching. “Be the change you want to see in your community,” TTO and SSCF add encouragingly.

Those wishing to attend should register online or RSVP to Kelly Leonard.

According to the organizers, “TTO is a partnership between the Oakland Mayor’s Office and the Oakland Unified School District. It demonstrates the mutual commitment to recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers who reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of our city. TTO uses multifaceted communication strategies to attract high-quality prospective teachers who are committed to three key principles: ensuring that all students achieve at high levels, professional development, and long-term employment within OUSD.”

As for SSCF, “The mission of the Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation is to help East Bay families improve their lives, embrace their heritage, and develop as civic leaders by promoting educational enrichment and civic responsibility.” Their vision is “to advance the sustainability of a vibrant community where people live in harmony and where high quality educational, recreational, and employment opportunities are available to all.”

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  1. alberyt

    Well, there was Senora Campos. She’s the first that comes to mind. Spanish I. Freshman year of high school. She wore short skirts and lots of makeup. And was disproportionately top heavy. Yet what terrified me the most about her was how she’d call individuals up before the class. To conjugate verbs aloud. “Mas rapido, Senor Alberto, mas radpido”.. She made me cry three times that first year. Yet because of her, I’m still a wiz at most tenses.

    I also remember Mr. Santos well. He taught Algebra. In the days of chalk. Short and stocky, he could get lost in a proof across three boards. The good kind of lost, where he knew exactly where he was, so it was the only thing in his world. The fun kind of lost. He’d come out the other end in a cloud of white dust with a smile on his face. It’s because of him I’ve always enjoyed algebraic manipulation.

    And how could I write a list of Latino teachers I’ve had without thinking of Mr. Sepulveda, my high school composition teacher? Oh mister Sepulveda, thank you…for controlling my semi colon misuse…for introducing me to E. B. White…for stressing the perceived balance of odds over evens.

    Senor Rosmarino? He taught fourth year Spanish. With a thick Cuban accent and stereotypical Latin flair. He wore dancing shoes every day and wasn’t adverse to spontaneous displays of the Flamingo. While reading and critiquing our compositions aloud before the class.

    Mr. Fages; biology in junior high. Mrs. Campos; 6th grade home room. Mr. Rivera; life science in elementary school.

    So I guess I’ve been fortunate to have had a few. But beyond the classes they taught so well, they were all amazing role models. Educated Latinos in positions of authority and responsibility. Showing we really can all be equal. Oh, I do hope this recruitment fair does well.


  2. Meg

    Thanks for sharing that! We hope it goes well, too–for all the same reasons.


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