Lamb Named ‘Teacher of the Year’ for 2014

Michael Lamb. Photo: Dennis Evanosky

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) has tapped Alameda High School (AHS) math teacher Michael Lamb as its “Teacher of the Year.” 
Lamb, 48, has been teaching at AHS for 21 years. The district recognized him for  his deep commitment to students, his awareness of what each individual student was doing and the unobtrusive manner in which he was able to monitor and provide help where it was needed.

Lamb said that he often tells his students that math was not his best subject in high school or college, but he took it as a personal challenge to never let math win.  “Math became my nemesis,” he said. “I took it every semester in college. So I often tell my students, ‘just because you’re not mature mathematically yet doesn’t mean it won’t happen.’” 

Lamb’s commitment to his colleagues (he is chair of the AHS Math Department) also impressed the committee. 

“Michael Lamb is a true professional, as exemplified by his strategies to reach individual students and his firm belief in collegial support,” said Tracy Corbally, AUSD’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. Corbally sat on this year’s selection committee. 

Lamb will be formally recognized at next Tuesday’s  Board of Education meeting, along with finalists Jo Korpuz from Edison Elementary School; Jenny Hartigan from Lincoln Middle School; and Suki Mozenter from Paden Elementary School. Next fall, Lamb will compete to become Alameda County Teacher of the Year.