Degrees and Certifications:
Wellesley College, BA, Political Science Harvard Graduate School of Ed, M.Ed, Credential UC Berkeley, M.Ed, Administrative Credential
Ms. Neha Ummat
I have wanted to be an educator since I was a teenager. I have always had a strong sense of justice and fairness, so when I realized that every child did not get the same high quality education that I was fortunate enough to have, it enraged me, but also motivated me to erase the opportunity gap in our school system.
I began working with middle schoolers over multiple summers as a college student, in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. I taught poetry and language arts, and reading is still one of my favorite things to do with students. Since that initial experience, I have taught history in Boston, Berkeley, and at Fremont High School, right here in Oakland. I have served as an Assistant Principal in San Ramon, where I saw the opportunity gap in education from another vantage point. This experience motivated me to return to OUSD, to a community that I respect and love. Being a principal at the middle school level is a golden opportunity to help shape a child’s life at a critical time, because, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” - Malcolm X