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Tamara Friedman with Berkeley Schools Superintendent Donald Evans. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD

Berkeley High School teacher Tamara Friedman was named a “teacher of the year” on Thursday when the Alameda County Office of Education honored 20 teachers representing 20 Alameda County districts at the 2013 ACOE Teacher of the Year Awards, held in the Castro Valley Center for the Arts.

Friedman, a Berkeley High School teacher and proud product of the Berkeley schools herself, was BUSD’s representative.

Friedman is an English language development teacher at Berkeley High and comes from a family of educators. In May, she was named a Distinguished Educator by the Berkeley Public Schools Fund where she spoke of her early desire to be a teacher. Friedman also spoke about the unparalleled instruction happening every day at Berkeley High, and the privilege of “working with people daily whose life experience is so different from your own.” “Public education is the great equalizer,” she concluded.

Watch a video of Friedman receiving the Alameda County Office of Education award:

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