Hella-awesome Educators

Revitalizing Oakland Education for Students

 

“As a teacher, my students’ passion and enthusiasm to learn pushes me…”

 

 

Did you grow up in Oakland? If not, what brought you to Oakland?

I am originally from San Diego, California.  I came to the Bay Area to attend Dominican University of California where I majored in Molecular Cell Biology.  My desire was to become a doctor but decided I needed a break from school and wanted to pursue my passion for teaching. I applied to Teach For America and was placed in Oakland.

 

 

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 What is your connection to Oakland Education?

How would you describe your role in the community?


I am a very active member of the Urban Promise Academy community. I hold many roles such as a member of the leadership team, developing curriculum for our social and emotional learning crew classes, union rep, LGBTQ advisor, and director of Aim High.

 

What are your favorite aspects of your job? 

I love working with students! Every day is a new challenge. This job keeps me on my toes and there is never a dull moment.  I am very enthusiastic about math and science so I am excited to share my love of these two subjects everyday!

What do you like to do in your free time?

After teaching, I also teach at 24 Hour Fitness so the gym is my third home. I do love to read and take naps whenever possible. Also, any time I can visit Disneyland, I’m there!

 What is your best advice to young people?

Stay young and enjoy your years as a young person! Live life to the fullest and pursue a career that interests you!

What from your background do you believe led you to do what you do now?

I do believe majoring in science allowed me to have confidence and knowledge in the subject matters that I teach.

 

 

What do you love most about Oakland?

Stay young and enjoy your years as a young person! Live life to the fullest and pursue a career that interests you!

 

 

 

What motivates you?

My motivation is the feeling of accomplishment. As a teacher, my students’ passion and enthusiasm to learn pushes me to provide them with rigorous yet differentiated lessons.

David is the kind of teacher kids love, respect, and remember. He connects with students in deep way and meets their needs. He is awesome at pushing his kids to their highest potential and helping them grow. As a teacher leader, he like the energizer bunny. It’s awesome to see him do his thing- Ramirez rocks!

Claire Fisher

Principal, Urban Promise Academy

If you were to reimagine public education in Oakland,what would that vision look like?

I would reimagine education in Oakland to be one that prepares our students for the future in different ways.

If you were to reimagine public education in Oakland,what would that vision look like?

Students are learning at their own pace.

If you were to reimagine public education in Oakland,what would that vision look like?

Individualized Learning

If you were to reimagine public education in Oakland,what would that vision look like?

Able to self-monitor their progress in all subject areas.

If you were to reimagine public education in Oakland,what would that vision look like?

1:1 Student to Computer Ratio

If you were to reimagine public education in Oakland,what would that vision look like?

All students are provided with computer and internet at home.

If you were to reimagine public education in Oakland,what would that vision look like?

Students are progressing to material they are ready for versus just grade level. For example, a student is in 8th grade but is ready to learn Geometry.

 

60 Seconds with David Ramirez

 

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