Why I GO
"I GO because the stories of our students and families are pivotal in how/why those in power make decisions."
Edgar Rodriguez-Ramirez

Edgar Rodriguez-Ramirez

Teacher Policy Fellow

Edgar is in his third year teaching at REACH. He has worked in leadership development for high school students, including time as a College Track mentor for boys in Oakland. Edgar is committed to the REACH and Oakland community and ensuring that every child thrives and that parents and families have a voice in changing history.

Why public education?

I’m a proud product of Los Angeles public schools. With the help of selfless educators, my mom made STRATEGIC decisions in my educational career to ensure that I was on a path toward success. Public education should not be about strategy, but opportunity for all.

Why Oakland?

I’m passionate about Oakland because it reminds me of the little activist in me, who stood alongside my mom and neighbors for justice. I’m passionate about Oakland because of the opportunity that I see in its brown and black students. Just like others saw in me back in Los Angeles. It’s my time to pay it forward, and I do it in honor of those who came before me, and the kiddos I taught my first year at REACH.

Favorite quote and why?

Isang Bagsak, in Tagalog means “one down” or “one fall”. It’s a reminder of my time in Berkeley working in solidarity with a multicultural coalition, ensuring that students of color were fairly represented and advocated for. It reminds me how we rise and fall together in “the struggle”.

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