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Ray Lehner

Job Title:

Social Studies Teacher


Social Studies


Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



BA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley Special Diploma, Social Studies, St. Anne's College, Oxford MS History, Kellogg College, Oxford

Originally from:


Why I Teach:

Enjoy working with kids, in addition to loving the subject matter, Politics, Philosophy, History, Economics and Geography.

Most powerful teaching technique:

Dark sarcasm and intimidation! : ) Only joking. Socratic Method.

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Economics is the most important subject there is. Our entire country would benefit from more economic literacy.

Favorite quotes:

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Sir Winston Churchill "The best thing about being a pessimist is that you are either always right or you are pleasantly surprised." - George Will "Never interrupt you enemy while he is making a mistake." - Napoleon Bonaparte

Favorite trivia:

Anything 80s...Music, Movie Lines . I can name all the members of the A-Team (the 80s series produced by Donald P Bellasario) by real name and stage name. George Peppard - Hannibal Dirk Benedict - Face Dwight Schulz - Murdoch Mr. T - B.A. Baracus

Recommended visual media:

Tombstone, Jeremiah Johnson, The Outlaw Josey Wales

Recommended reads:

Into thin Air The Perfect Storm The Killer Angels

Hobbies or outside interests:

Hunting, Shooting and Camping, The Outdoors in general.

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