Alameda News

Maya Lin School second- and third-grade teacher Brian Dodson was named the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) 2020 Teacher of the Year.

The recognition was announced Wednesday, June 16. Dodson, has been a teacher with AUSD for eight years. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication Studies from UC Davis and his teaching credential from California State University, East Bay. 

He completed his student teaching at Maya Lin School before being hired full time.

Dobson was quick to acknowledge his colleagues while accepting the award.

Alameda Science & Technology Institute
Allan Ballesteros, Clarisse Joan Bayani, Joaquin Carlos Bayani, Julian Bolortoli, Jay Bond, Ellis Brandt, Gabrielle Cassaro, Anna Chen, Christopher Cheung, Sabrina Christensen, Molly Clem, Kate Crawford, Nataly Currid, Kadin Diec, Safwan Dobashi, Liang Goh, Shannen Graham Howard, Olivia Harrison. 

The killing of George Floyd and other Black people by police has caused cities across this country, including Alameda, to ask what public safety should look like in 2020 and beyond. Alameda is also examining why a Black man who was dancing in the street was arrested, and how to assure this kind of arrest never happens again.

About 7:45 a.m., on Saturday, May 23, an anonymous caller to the Alameda Police Department (APD) non-emergency number reported a man walking and “dancing” in the street in the 2000 block of Central Avenue. The caller indicated the subject may be mentally ill or under the influence.

Last week, thousands of people unified in protests across the world calling for change in police departments across the United States after George Floyd, a Black man, was murdered by Derek Chauvin, a White police officer, in Minneapolis on May 25. Witnesses recorded Chauvin kneeling directly on Floyd’s neck during his arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill.