May 23, 2017

Last school year, with the help of a Hayward Education Foundation grant, sixth grade teacher Paul Garrison at Hayward’s Ruus Elementary put on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.  Costumed students created and changed scenes, knew their parts, spoke out strong, and even supplied musical accompaniment for a fabulous show created out of an ordinary group of 10 and 11 year olds.

This school year, w...

April 4, 2017

Imagine a little girl whose favorite childhood activities were centered around people, and money, and keyboards, pushing the keys over and over to add and subtract numbers with a strong sense of satisfaction.  According to Carrie Morales, Fremont Bank’s Hayward Branch Manager, the handwriting was on the wall:  She’d have to be a banker.

Hired as a bank teller soon out of high school, Carrie Mo...

March 30, 2017

Good teachers are busy, busy people.  Aside from the hours actually spent in the classroom,  they are always thinking, always on the look-out for new ideas,  new ways to capture their students’ attention and cause them to learn.  They know that boredom is a constant enemy in a classroom; thus their goal is to be constantly creative, constantly striving for new ways to teach.

In the C...

January 28, 2016

Sixth graders acting out Shakespeare and performing their own musical accompaniment?  First graders using computer Chromebooks and a program called iReady to tailor their math and reading instruction to their individual needs?  A high school transformed into a park-like setting by students planting trees all around the campus?


These are just a few of the many educational projects funded by th...

January 21, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016—a day to plant trees again at Tennyson High School in Hayward, California.    

Last year, with funding from the Hayward Education Foundation,  Tennyson put in for 12 trees to adorn their campus.   The nursery that supplied them liked the idea, and gave them 12 more; thus 24 new trees were planted to grace the grounds of this Hayward school.


This y...

September 2, 2015


An oft-seen T-shirt these days reads “Earth without art is just Eh.”  Imagine then the similarity to a school without art. “Eh?”    Hayward’s Leadership Public High School had no art class when it began.   Students were there—a beginning freshman class—to strengthen their academics:  English, Math, and Science.

However,  by the time that first class were seniors,  the nee...

June 3, 2015


Advanced Placement classes in high school mean that top students are taking classes approved for transferable college credit.   This of course saves on ever-rising tuition fees, but also indicates students who want to learn, who want to work hard, who want a successful future.


Thus, since the Hayward Unified School District  was recently  named by College Board to the U.S. and Canada...

January 30, 2015

In the recent Academy Award-nominated movie, The Theory of Everything,  the brilliant Steven Hawking studied at the very prestigious Cambridge University in England.


Well, the Hayward Education Foundation has its own brilliant Cambridge grad in Marshall Mitzmann,  holder of both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Marketing from Hawking’s alma mater.


That, perhaps, is how he’s able to juggle his time and well-in...

September 13, 2013

For many Americans during World War II,  Japan was once the enemy, and thus always the enemy, even after the war was long over.


Not so for Hayward’s Richard Schultz.  An army veteran wounded in  the battle to take the South Seas island of Bouganville from the Japanese in 1944, Mr. Schultz began as a counselor/history teacher at Hayward High School in 1950.  In 1964, as a veteran teacher, he receiv...

April 9, 2013

Anyone who knows anything about teaching knows that virtually all teachers work very, very hard.   By the end of the day,  they’re tired, though they still may have a night of paper grading and lesson planning ahead of them.


At Hayward’s Eldridge Elementary School, however, one teacher for sure ends her school day rarin’ to go.  Martie Canterberry teaches fifth grade during the school da...

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