San Jose Sharks March 2023 Teacher of the Month

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San Jose Sharks March 2023 Teacher of the Month


Jeff Friedman



Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

Mr. Friedman grew up in Palo Alto, California. School was always extremely challenging and he always struggled to learn with ADD and ADHD. After failing over and over again, he felt inferior to his peers and believed that he would never have a bright future. However, in 1989 he lived in Oaxaca, Mexico. This experience changed his life as he immersed himself in the Mexican culture, traditions, and language. In 1994, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Seville, Spain at the University of Sevilla. He learned academic Spanish and became quite fluent. In 1995 he launched his first teaching assignment at Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto. For the first time in his life, he had a purpose: to encourage, to teach, to counsel, and to train students for their own bright futures. Mr. Friedman is a licensed minister and pastor. His passion is to bring the best out of his students and guide them towards their own exciting destinies. He currently teaches 6th grade.


If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?

Forward- I love skating fast around the defense, passing to my teammates and knocking in a puck past the goalie.