AUSD Teacher of the Year Goes to Otieku

Alameda Unified School District    Alameda Unified School District’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Mary Otieku takes a moment with two of her current students, Kathleen Tang and Jalyn Kwong.

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) announced that it has named Mary Otieku as Teacher of the Year. Otieku teaches a combination fourth- and fifth-grade class at Bay Farm School 

Teaching runs in Otieku’s family. Her grandmother, grandfather and mother all taught school. In tapping her as Teacher of the Year, the district noted Otieku’s use of instruction books from different cultures and mixed-race authors, her respect for students and clear and consistent communication with parents.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as Teacher of the Year,” Otieku said. “All teachers deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to our kids. It is the hardest job there is.”