Oakland Educator Wins National Award
For Community Collaboration
Middle School Earns $5,000 Grant In His Honor
DENVER—A local school principal has become a national role model because of his community engagement activities in Oakland. His extraordinary efforts earned a $5,000 grant for his school.
Jerome Gourdine, principal of Frick Middle School, has won the 2008 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors In Education Award. The national award program recognizes the most collaborative public school principals in 25 cities, including Oakland. All middle and high school principals in the Oakland Public School District were eligible. Several Gourdine’s colleagues and community members nominated him for the Award last month.