I’Asha Warfield, a seventh grade English teacher at Oakland’s Frick Middle School, is among five educators named as California's Teachers of the Year, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Thursday. Torlakson also nominated Warfield as California’s representative for the National Teacher of the Year competition.
Warfield has taught English and reading intervention, and world history at Frick Middle School since 2000. She also works as a coach in the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment program to help guide new teachers through their self-assessment process in order to clear their California credential.
She also works as a consultant to the Bay Area Writing Project that presents teacher trainings on secondary literacy with an emphasis on writing.
“Ms. Warfield has an innovative way to ensure her students are learning, by having them write down their own daily learning targets,” said Torlakson. “Then she uses these learning target sheets to evaluate whether the students master the lesson that also helps inform her of how well she is teaching. This constant cycle of evaluation keeps her students learning and keeps herself at the top of her game.”
Warfield earned a Master of Science degree in Education at California State University, East Bay; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology at Occidental College. She earned her Single Subject—English Teaching Credential at CSU, East Bay; and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at Patten University.