Author Archives: cateachers

From a One Room Schoolhouse to the California Teachers Summit

Jonna Weidaw is not your typical teacher. For 16 years, she has taught grades seven through twelve in a one-room school house in Mendocino County. Expelled by their local school districts, these at-risk students are often on probation or suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues. “They’re labeled at-risk youth, but I don’t like […]

A Conversation with Yolanda Minor

A facilitator at last year’s Better Together: California Teachers Summit, Yolanda Minor teaches English language arts and English language development to eighth-graders in San Lorenzo, California. She says the Summit is a powerful reminder that teachers need to take time to invest in themselves so that they can continue to help every student reach his […]

“I didn’t choose teaching, teaching chose me.” – Jill Watson

Teaching flows through Jill Watson’s genes. For 14 years, she has followed in the footsteps of her grandmother, mother, aunts, uncle and brothers – all of whom are teachers. “I didn’t choose teaching, teaching chose me,” says Jill. “It’s who I am as a person and in the fiber of my being.” While she initially […]

A Conversation with Kelly Farrow

Kelly Farrow teaches English language learners (ELL) at a small private Christian school in Pasadena, California. After teaching for nearly a decade, Kelly jumped at the opportunity to become a facilitator at last year’s summit at Azusa Pacific University. She walked away from the experience with new teaching strategies for pushing ELL students to speak […]

How Teacher Leadership Reignited my Passion for the Classroom

I spent most of my spare time in the spring of 2014 looking for a way out. I had been teaching 8th grade for 8 years, and was feeling restless. I Googled all variations of “what to do with a master’s in education outside the classroom” I could think of. My husband and I went […]

Top resources recommended by CA Teachers

What resources do your fellow teachers say are most helpful to them? Now more than ever, it’s important for teachers to listen and learn from one another. In July, over 10,000 teachers across California gathered for the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit to share ideas to foster inclusive classrooms, spark learning and equip all students to succeed. […]