Buhach Colony High School teacher Annie Delgado is going to make the case for teachers in front a live national audience. Delgado is scheduled to appear on today's live showing of Oprah.
Going on the show was a spur-of-the-moment decision. After watching Monday's episode of Oprah, titled "The Shocking State of Our Schools," Delgado felt that she had to respond. She sent an e-mail to the show, and on Wednesday, she received a call from a producer. The next thing she knew, Delgado was waiting in the Fresno airport for a trip to Chicago.
"I feel a huge responsibility speaking on behalf of teachers and students," she said. "I'm very passionate about teaching, and I'm very honored that I was selected to speak on their behalf."
She was set to film a segment when she arrived Thursday night, and she'll participate in a panel discussion on Friday afternoon. She expects the conversation will go into depth on the issue of teacher unions.
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"I took issue with the statements about doing away with tenure, that teachers are the source of the problem," she said. The comments struck a nerve with teachers -- the producer told Delgado that the show received thousands of similar comments.
Delgado teaches economics and history classes at Buhach Colony, where she's taught for five years. Prior to that, she was a teacher at Golden Valley.
Oprah is shown in Merced at 4 p.m. on ABC 30.