2019-2020 Slider Student Life — 17 March 2020
New English teacher fills vacancy

By: Jalyn Jefferson

Presenting to some, and introducing to others: Oakland High has a new Wildcat in the pack.

Sam Delaune joined the O-High staff in early November to fill a vacancy that a teacher who had left unexpectedly.

Delaune has been a teacher for 20 years. He previously worked at a charter school that shut down and wanted to come to the source of learning and believed that O-High was that school.

“I became a teacher first, and became a good teacher when my son was born,” said Delaune. “And that everyone else was like my son.”

Delaune’s class had several subs in fall 2019. California has been struggling to find teachers because employees are struggling to pay their rent on teacher salaries. The teacher shortage is especially impacting low income areas and rural areas.

Students generally approved of the work Delaune is doing as their teacher.

“His teaching methods are ok,” said LSJ sophomore Kailani Corona. “But he expects us to understand everything.”

Other students were more impressed.

“I like how he always tries to understand and make things relatable,” said LSJ sophomore Randa Yafai. “About things in the real world and things we relate too.”

The point is that Delaune is interested in building a community that makes the feel more comfortable in his class.

Delaune said that he goes by a quotation from the writer Octavia Butler: “Everything you touch, you change, changes you.”

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