Amy Dellefield to move to North Dakota
By Buna Poeng
On May 22, Principal Matin Abdel-Qawi sent an email informing all staff that longtime teacher and activities director Amy Dellefield will depart the school as of the end of the school year.
Dellefield is moving to Bismarck, N.D., with her husband, who landed his dream job at the Bureau of Reclamation as a hydrologist.
“I was born and lived in Ohio, then moved here, so it’s definitely going to be weird moving to North Dakota,” said Dellefield. “Kind of like moving back in time.”
Dellefield has been at Oakland High for 15 years, and has had the chance to reflect on her time here.
“There’s always something going on here; the daily hubbub,” said Dellefield. “I’ve learned so much here and I truly am going to miss the time I spent here.”
As activities director, Dellefield was in charge of Leadership, student government, student activities, and many other things. Because she works with so many students, her students say she’s always been one of the most popular teachers.
“She’s my Leadership teacher, student government teacher, and my mentor. I can’t even imagine the school without her,” said senior Anna Tran. “Now, we’re graduating from Oakland High together.”
O-High has designated English teacher Jennifer Howard as the next Leadership teacher, according to Abdel. Howard is a longtime AVID and PHA teacher, with 12 years of experience at O-High on her resume.
“I’m excited to take on this role, as it’s a wonderful part of Oakland High,” said Howard. “However, I am nervous, as Ms. Dellefield has left big shoes to fill, but still very excited.”
Dellefield isn’t sure if she’s going to retire or keep on teaching, but has dabbled with the idea of going back to college or even stepping into politics. Oakland High is ending an era, and Dellefield is starting a new chapter in her life.
“Change is good, it keeps us fresh,” said Dellefield. “I’m not entirely sure of what’s to come, but what I do know is I’m like a cat—I always land on my feet.”