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2022 Albany Education Hall of Fame Inductees

 
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SHELLY BALL

Shelly has spent 20 years tending to the mental health needs of Albany students as the AUSD Mental Health Coordinator. She has given students and their families strategies to deal with stress inside and outside of school.

KAT BLISS

Kat has worn many volunteer hats in AUSD: helping in classrooms, working on bond and parcel tax campaigns, volunteering on PTA boards and fundraisers, and as a SchoolCARE board member. She continues her service to Albany students as a math teacher at AHS.

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ROBIN BLUM

Robin worked with Albany parents and students to ensure student success in her role as the Resource Specialist at Marin. To build confidence and social skills, she started the noontime knitting club at Marin for students, teaching 30 students each year.

 
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GAIL DRULIS

Gail is an esteemed past director of the Albany YMCA and a former AEF Board member. Gail was the creative spirit behind AEF’s Chocolate and Champagne Galas for 10 years.

LARRY EATON

Larry was an AUSD custodian, athletics booster and leader, as well as a football coach. The scoreboard at Cougar Field is dedicated to Larry. He was a proud 1963 graduate of Albany High School and father of two AHS graduates. Larry also served Albany for many years as a member of the Albany Police Reserves.

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ANTHONY FREEMAN

As an Albany High School football coach, Anthony was a mentor to Albany students on and off the field. A 1980 graduate of AHS, he returned to coach in Albany. Anthony is currently owner of Freeman Insurance Services, a local Albany business.

 
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ROSALIE GONZALEZ

Rosalie served as the Librarian at multiple school sites in the district when funding for library services was reduced. She went all over the district to ensure important library resources and programs were available to all AUSD elementary students. Rosalie coordinated with the Albany Library for the popular Albany Reads program. She provided support as a music booster and AEF volunteer.

DIANE GROSS

Diane served as the director of Albany PreSchool, a parent cooperative preschool, for many years. She volunteered at many school sites, served as a PTA leader, and is the cofounder of the Block Parent Program.

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GAIL HARADA

Gail served more than 20 years in the Albany High School attendance office. She served as a constant for students and parents during the hectic period when the high school moved from the old building, years when AHS was housed in portables, and into the current building. During her time, there were numerous administration changes at AHS. Gail always went beyond her required duties to help students, ensuring every student was recognized and cared for.

 
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NORVELL HARRISON

Serving the Albany High School community for more than 25 years, Norvell was always willing to do extra work to make sure AHS had a welcoming atmosphere. He was a strong team leader for the custodial staff, leading by example.

ED HILL

As an Albany High School art teacher and football coach, Ed was an inspiring, talented, and supportive presence who helped kids who needed extra attention. His art program has decorated many walls of AHS.

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JOYCE AND BOOKER JACKSON

Joyce served as an AEF Board member on the Grants Committee. She was elected to the City Council and served as Mayor of Albany. Booker served on the Board of the Peralta Community College District for 16 years, where he was influential in establishing Vista Community College in Berkeley (now Berkeley City College). He also served on the Board of the Albany YMCA and the Albany Middle School site council. Both Joyce and Booker have been longtime supporters of education.

 
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SHIRLEY KAJIWARA

For more than 25 years, Shirley was a calming presence for Albany High School students, especially when they were waiting to visit with a vice principal about discipline. She provided a welcoming and supportive presence for students and staff through many changes in AHS administration. Every student benefitted from her support and care.

LINDA AND AL NIELSEN

As Albany High School Librarian, Linda served at multiple school sites throughout AUSD. Al was an AHS shop teacher and with Linda (and the help of an AEF grant) brought improved services to the AHS library by bar coding and digitizing the AHS Library. Al was involved with the first purchase of a PET computer and trained student tutors to work with younger kids.

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AMY PENNEY

As the Albany Middle School drama teacher, Amy encourages and spends extra time to ensure all students are included in the impressive school productions. She makes a special effort to encourage students with special needs to flourish in the drama programs.

 
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LINDA PEREZ

Linda began her AUSD career in the Ocean View library and is currently the librarian at Albany Middle School where she creates a welcoming atmosphere for students, not only through the books she recommends, but also the many clubs she sponsors. She has brought many authors to give presentations at AMS, often with grants from AEF. She also coordinated with the Albany Library for the popular Albany Reads program.

BOB SHOGREN

Bob was principal of the new and innovative Albany Middle School in the 1970’s. At a time when a school serving grades 6-8 was new, Bob drew teachers and administrators from around the Bay Area to learn about this new model for the education of tweens. Bob was an amazing leader who guided students and staff through the rebuilding of Marin and construction of the new middle school (where Ocean View Elementary is currently). This required double sessions at Albany High School with Marin classrooms in the basement. Bob served as the first principal of the new AMS, which opened in the 1976-77 academic year.

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KIM TRUTANE

Kim has volunteered at every level of schools in Albany, including serving on the board of Albany PreSchool, as the Marin PTA President, and as a Trustee and President of the Albany Board of Education. Kim has also led bond and parcel tax campaigns, helping to bring new facilities and stable funding to AUSD.

 
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JAY UCHIUMI

As an Albany Middle School teacher and coach, Jay developed the Physical Education program at AMS. He organized and ran school-wide track meets for 23 years involving all students and faculty. “Uch” instituted the popular noon-time sports activities, engaging many students. He was instrumental in bringing AMS into an established sports league.

BILL WOOLWORTH

Bill was a teacher and administrator who inspired many who followed. He instituted the first Title 1 program in Albany Schools, bringing Federal funds for teacher’s aids to the elementary schools. Bill wrote and received grants to purchase the first computer for direct use by students and he also received a federal grant to create a hands-on math lab.

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ALBANY POOL

For more than 70 years, the pool has provided aquatic lessons and experiences for the entire Albany community – from toddlers to seniors. It continues to provide hands-on work experience for many Albany students.