Longtime Bishop O’Dowd High School math teacher Kathy Riley is one of three people being honored at the annual Saint Vincent’s Day Home Children’s Choice Awards dinner, set for Friday, March 14, at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in Jack London Square.
Riley’s co-honorees are Justice Martin J. Jenkins, who currently serves as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three, and SVDH Director of Family Services Carmen Baires.
SVDH Executive Director Corinne Mohrmann said that Riley is being recognized for her many years of support and volunteerism, and for her service as a teacher.
Riley has spent her life as a teacher “igniting the spark of curiosity, explaining the complex, nurturing the uncertain, building character, and preparing students to understand, serve and lead,” Mohrmann said.
Riley says she’s honored and humbled by the award. “Teaching is not for the faint of heart. If you do it right, it takes a lot of time, energy and emotion,” she said. “But I love being in the classroom with the kids.”
Prior to joining the O’Dowd staff in 1994, Riley taught for 10 years at the middle school level, including a stint at Castro Valley’s Our Lady of Grace School.
O’Dowd Principal Pam Shay said there’s not a more respected, competent and dedicated educator than Riley. “She is the caring teacher that all teachers aspire to become, and she commits her extra time to ensuring that each one of her students has every opportunity to become successful in math,” Shay said.