Editor's Note: These remarks were presented at the March 24 Board of Education meeting and submitted for publication as a letter to the editor.

Good evening,

I usually stand up before you to discuss issues facing my members or our district as a whole, but tonight I would like to begin speaking more personally. I want to talk to you about why I teach in Alameda.

From left to right: Daniel McCormick, Sam Wu, Nick Adgar and Kyle Rentschler. Photo by Al Wright, Raintree Studios.

Alameda Boy Scouts Nick Adgar, Daniel McCormick, Kyle Rentschler and Sam Wu received the Eagle Scout award during a recent Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor. Each scout - over a several year commitment - has worked his way through the various ranks, earning at least 21 merit badges, serving in multiple leadership positions and planning and implementing a community service project to earn scouting's highest achievement.

As we observe Wound Care Awareness Week, it’s important to recognize that chronic wounds are a burden that touches 6.5 million people in the United States. Chronic wounds are wounds that do not heal in a timely manner and risk infection up to and including sepsis, amputation or even death.

Awareness is the first step to treatment. So if you or a loved one suffers from a wound that isn’t noticeably healing within four weeks, it is important that you talk to your doctor who may refer you to a wound care specialist.

The 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off held by the Kiwanis Club of Alameda was a big success.

February is historically designated as American Heart Month. More than just a time to “wear red,” many health professionals consider this an opportunity to promote cardiovascular wellness and encourage patients to learn more about the risks for heart disease and stroke. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it has never been a better time to be “heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.

Have California’s chronic school funding problems, at long last, been fixed? If you’ve been listening to the governor’s political cheerleaders in Sacramento this winter, you might start to think so.

For the first time in its 50-year history, the Peralta Colleges, which includes College of Alameda, will have its own FM radio station to provide educational programming to the community and hands-on broadcast experience to its students.

All Alameda Education Foundation Adopt A Classroom presentations are special, but some really stand out. Sixteen year-old Josh Johnson won $1,000 to donate to a charity of his choice, and who did he choose to support? His teachers.

We have been proud to operate at Alameda Point and can only continue if significant upgrades come to this part of the Island.

Every December for the past 40-plus years, members of the Alameda Family Services League have put on the Holiday Home Tour, the major fundraiser for Alameda Family Services. Since the home tour involves so many moving parts (five homes, the gourmet shop, boutique, tea, raffle, van transportation, volunteers, selling tickets, docents, musicians, Santas, publishing the home tour booklet, soliciting advertisers and sponsors …), one might expect that many people are involved.