Read stories about those who are leaving Oak Park Unified School District

OPHS PRINCIPAL, Kevin Buchanan

“I love the District motto of Educating Compassionate and Creative Global Citizens and am privileged to have played a part in manifesting it at OPHS.”

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER ADVISOR, Paula Friedman

“OPHS has been the most rewarding experience and has felt like a home away from home.”

CHINESE TEACHER, Sherry Hung

“[Retiring] has been a very difficult decision. I [thought] long and hard, because I love my job, I love this district [and] I love my students.”

OPUSD SUPERINTENDENT, Dr. Tony Knight

“The longer you work in a particular position the harder it is to leave it, especially when you love it.”

COUNSELOR, Julie Ross

“That’s one thing about counseling: I think I find good in most people I run into, but especially young people. They’re a fresh slate and they’re open to learning, which is why I love working with them … I find a lot of hope in young people.”

BIOLOGY TEACHER, Sharon Stutz

“I’ve been my students’ biggest cheerleader for 26 years; it is going to feel odd that first day when school reopens in August and I’m not there.”