2010-2011 News — 07 June 2011

Beloved teachers to retire this June
David Chor

After years–and even decades–here at Oakland High, many teachers are retiring this year. These teachers feel like it is their time to leave. Some teachers are retiring so that they can relax at home, some will travel around the world, and some just got fed up.

This year’s retirees include teachers Brenda Barnes, Peter Brown, Barbara Citragno, Claire Grimason, Josefina Loeza, and school librarian Iantha Cooper.

Ms. Loeza, a Spanish teacher, wrote a farewell letter which can be seen here.

Brenda Barnes

Ms. Barnes, a Ceramics teacher, has worked for Oakland High for 3 years and for OUSD for 20. She without a doubt loves ceramics and it is a new adventure teaching students ceramics again. It has been good, said Barnes, adding, “I have been teaching for a long long long time and it is time to try something new.”

Ms. Barnes said that she’d like to say, “Thanks to all my students to adding to this great experience!”

Barbara Citragno

Ms. Citragno, a Computer teacher, has been working at Oakland High for the past 16 years. Citragno especially enjoys working with the freshman because she finds that they are open-minded.
“They are learning more and more about life,” Citragno said. “I really enjoy learning with them.”
Citragno’s fondest teaching memory was back in 2000, when she was privileged to present a movie that her students filmed about drunk driving. “The movie was so realistic,” said Citragno. “We had totaled cars on the field, seeing bodies lying on the ground.”

Ms. Cooper has been working at the library for a long time. What Ms. Cooper most enjoyed about teaching at Oakland High was working with students and enjoying her job as a library media teacher.

Ms. Cooper said her fondest memory was, “After graduation of each class, having many students return to say thank you.”

Students and friends at Oakland High will miss these departing teachers. We wish them well and thank them for all of their contributions to our school.

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