Why I GO
"I GO so that teachers can be policy makers. It's critical that teachers understand how education policy is made, and it is equally critical that OUSD leadership use teacher expertise to inform decision making. Those closest to students should be the ones making decisions about how to best serve them."
Angela Badami-Knight

Angela Badami-Knight

Manager of Teacher Leadership

Angela strengthens GO’s network among OUSD teachers and connects teachers with leadership opportunities. She has also geeked out on policy research with GO’s Policy Fellows and trained with GO’s community organizers. Angela is a full-time Special Education teacher at Westlake Middle School, has been an Oakland Education Association rep for three years and is a former member of the executive board.

Why public education?

Labor unions gave my family fair wages and a great public education system, making it possible for my father to be not only one of the first in my family to go to college but to also pursue an advanced degree. Over time, union membership declined and our education system failed to modernize. This moment in public education is a time to re-imagine our system and what it means to be an educator. 

Favorite quote and why?

“As you think, you go.” My dad’s favorite mantra that keeps me grounded and reminds us that our thoughts are strong enough to create the world we want for ourselves.

What are your vices?

The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Brings me back home. Yes, women in New Jersey dress like that. No, we aren’t all Italian, but most of us are. Yes, I’ve witnessed a girl fight that involved flipping over a table (I swear it wasn’t me).

 

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