Our Standout Staff

UPA staff members have been honored and recognized in several ways, both locally and nationally. Listed below are just a few examples:

• In March 2013, Teacher Jill Johnson visited our nation's capital to represent UPA and California at a meeting to advise senior officials at the US Department of Education on the Common Core transition! 

• Congratulations to our very own, Alison Ball and Julia Lehman, who have been awarded a 2013 Fund for Teachers Fellowship Award! 

As part of their fellowship, they are going to Siberia this summer! They will be visiting Lake Baikal, the oldest lake in the world, to participate in climate change research and use this research to develop meaningful and relevant 6th and 7th grade science curriculum based around the effects of climate change on Lake Baikal and the research methods being used there. 

• Every member of our 7th-grade team has shared UPA's instructional practices city-wide in the 2011-12 school year! In March 2012, Shannon Darcey and Dori Galvin presented at OUSD's English Language Arts professional development session, while Alison Ball shared at the District's Science PD the same day. These presentations came on the heels of Ann-Marie Gamble's math lesson demo in front of all Region 2 principals and OUSD math leaders two weeks earlier.

Congratulations to Dori Galvin and Leah Rotkin-Ellman! These UPA teachers submitted successful applications for Fund for Teachers Fellowships. As Fund for Teachers Fellows, Galvin and Rotkin-Ellman "embarked on self-designed learning odysseys as scholars, researchers, [and] adventurers." In Summer 2011, they "researched the modern Oaxacan indigenous populations in Mexico while also collecting artifacts and primary documents on the precolonial indigenous populations, to enhance students’ research of Aztecs and Spanish language study."

Learn more about the program here.

Lisa Hiltbrand was one of two teachers honored as 2010-11 Teacher of the Year by the Oakland Unified School District. This is a huge accolade!

Jill Johnson was selected to represent UPA and Oakland at NBC's Education Nation. She is also a 2011-12 achievethecore.org Fellow and an "Education Champion" Fellow in the America Achieves program, whose fellowship includes "a diverse group of educators with proven effectiveness in the classroom who have been called on to provide their perspectives and input into policy decisions at the local, state, and federal levels."

• Nicole Knight and Kristine Leunig were recognized by the OUSD Board of Education for National Board Certifications.

Congratulations to our rock star staff!