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Teacher of the Year at Hayward Unified School District!

Jose Tañada

Ochoa Middle School

7th & 8th Grade


"Being a teacher has been my only so-called real job, and I've only known Anthony W. Ochoa Middle School. From sprained ankles and falls in competing with the kids on the blacktop, to the sweat of twenty-four Indian summers in the same air-condition-less room and from the tears of communal viewings of beloved films with my students, my blood, sweat and tears, I've left it at Ochoa.


Teaching young people the importance of reading and the power of writing never stops filling my cup. I am deeply honored to be considered Teacher of the Year, but I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the Puente Project, my Puente counselor, the camaraderie of the Ochoa staff and the years of friendship cultivated there and the spirit of Anthony Ochoa. Thank you for believing in me."


Congratulations to Mr. Tañada! The recognition is well deserved!

The Puente Project

Center for Educational Partnerships

University of California, Berkeley

Email: info@thepuenteproject.org

Phone: 510-642-7677

Address:  Hearst Field Annex

Building C • Berkeley, CA 94720

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