6th Grade English Teacher
Though originally from the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Juan M. Diaz somehow made his way down to Tucson and earned a Masters in Education and a Bachelors in English. His subsequent career in education lead him from Tucson to D.C., from D.C. to San Jose, and from San Jose to Guangzhou. During his time in China, he decided he wanted to grow roots in a great city that reminded him of his hometown. He chose Oakland.
Juan credits education for enriching his life and his degrees for opening opportunities; therefore, teaching is more a vocation than a career. Because of this, students can expect him to facilitate a rigorous classroom not only based on academic achievement, but on critical self-reflection and effective self-expression.
In his free time, Juan’s hobbies and interests include philosophy, politics, hand-lettering, writing, programming, and visual arts.