I first met Jody London halfway through her first term on the Oakland school board. Jody immediately impressed me by her familiarity with Far West’s students and faculty. (I first met her there on the North Oakland campus in 2010, before the small school became part of Oakland Tech). Spending time on campus to personally observe how a school community functions makes Jody a powerful ally for school leaders.
At the time I was serving as the Assistant Principal in a leadership residency with my mentor Beverly Jarrett. I remember Jody being involved with our small school by visiting to learn more about the school’s needs and to offer support, as well participating in important community events like graduation.
After I left District 1 to become the principal of another small school in District 2 in the Oakland Unified School District, Jody remained an important ally and supporter. She demonstrated her commitment to the schools and children of the entire town. A few years ago, my wife and I moved (from District 2) to North Oakland, where we’re grateful to have a director as experienced, committed and connected as Jody, representing us and our neighbors on the board.
Sean McClung is the Principal of Impact Academy, a public charter high school serving the Hayward community. For the past decade, Sean has been focused on engaging first-generation, college-bound high school students in project-based and experiential learning while supporting them to build the knowledge and skills necessary to enter and succeed in college. Sean earned his B.A. in English & Religion from Boston University, his Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and his administration credential through the New Leaders residency program. Sean grew up in San Jose and attended SJUSD schools, graduating from Pioneer HS, and now lives in North Oakland with his wife Rosa, who is also an educator.