Honoring Our Own began in 2009 and the employee recognition ceremony has become an established and favorite tradition celebrating the dedication and excellence of employees throughout the District who have found opportunities in their roles to make substantial contributions to the success of Oakland's students.
Whether teacher, leader, or a support team member, each award winner has been nominated by peers for their contribution to our common effort to create a difference in the lives of our students.
Annually, a call goes out to all District employees for nominations; anyone may nominate any other employee for recognition. All nominations are rigorously vetted and a final selection of winners are invited to be guests of the Superintendent and Board of Education at a celebration and presentation event.
In calling out our colleagues successes for recognition, we celebrate the successes of our organization as a whole and affirm the truth that in order to sustain commitment and optimism, and to support continued improvement we must recognize and applaud examples of creativity, dedication and excellent practice as the standard which we continue to set for ourselves in all our work.
Honoring Our Own employees exemplify the level of care, concern and performance we seek from every employee.