Forward Progress in West Contra Costa
The Chamberlin Family Foundation is proud to amplify the impact of West Contra Costa’s most dedicated educators and community leaders. These individuals do outstanding work, often with limited resources, and deserve our recognition.
By Justin Warren, Chamberlin Family Foundation An upstart summer program for West Contra Costa teens is earning strong praise from student participants for its local focus on community engagement and civic leadership. In its third year, the Community Leadership Institute (CLI) this summer welcomed high school students from across Richmond to spend two […]
“RE-MOTIVATED”: How seven WCCUSD principals united to strengthen leadership, improve instruction, and keep each other inspired
By Justin Warren, Chamberlin Family Foundation “What’s your commitment to yourself?” That internal question motivated Principal Jessica Petrilli to join a peer learning cohort that has inspired a small group of WCCUSD school leaders to renew their focus on effective teaching and learning. In her fifth year as principal at Helms Middle School, […]
Breaking barriers through language: Richmond College Prep and YES Nature to Neighborhoods join forces to offer free Spanish lessons for local adults By The Justin Warren, Chamberlin Family Foundation “¡Buenos dias!” said Johnnie George Towns after catching a bright yellow ball from across the circle of her classmates. She tossed it to […]
Calvin and Talia, two of West Contra Costa’s most promising future leaders, are successful high school students at Summit K2. The non-traditional approach to culture and learning at Summit Public Schools has completely changed the way both students feel about school. The results are evident!
Maribel Lopez, a Teach For America-Richmond alum, started her career in the same elementary school she attended as a six-year-old. Inspired by her own teachers, Maribel began a career in education, first in the classroom, and now working hand-in-hand with other inspired parents.
Eric Acosta-Verprauskus was raised in a Pennsylvania coal-mining town, joined Teach For America-Richmond and has been here serving students ever since. He thrived in the New Leaders development programs, and is now proud to be the principal at North Richmond's Verde Elementary School.