BRC and Friends is a 30-minute Google Hangout where I chat with friends and adventurers from around the interwebs. Each episode includes conversations about one of my guests passions, projects or area of expertise, a current events or two and we end with five random questions. This is basically an excuse for me to talk with interesting people about interesting things.

Today on BRC and Friends, I spoke with Dennis Yang, Candidate for the San Francisco Board of Education. Enjoy.

October 20, 2014
7:00pm PDT

Recap and more info about Dennis Yang are below the video.

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Dennis Yang on BRC and Friends with Bruce Reyes-ChowA San Francisco teacher his entire career, Dennis Yang is also a native San Franciscan.  He is a proud product of the San Francisco public school system, where he first attended Spring Valley Elementary School, then Marina Middle School, and finally Lowell High School.  He went to UC Berkeley and he earned his BA.  Dennis then went on to San Francisco State University and earned his MA.

Starting in 2000, the first three years of Dennis’ teaching career were spent at his alma mater, Lowell High School.  He then went on to teach at the Urban School of San Francisco, where he created and developed their Chinese language program.  Dennis is currently teaching at the Bay School of San Francisco.  Besides teaching, Dennis loves to sing and act, having performed locally in various San Francisco events all the way to shows in China and Taiwan.

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Episode Recap: Dennis Yang, Candidate for the San Francisco Board of Education


Segment 1:

In this first segment Dennis talks about why he is running for school board and some of his experience. He talks about Common Core, his experience teaching in public and private school, parental involvement and teacher compensation.

Segment 2:

In the second segment Dennis talks about arts in school and how he has expressed his own passion for music and singing.

Segment 3: [17:44]

Q1: What was your first concert? 

In 2007 he performed in the Golden Melodies Concert in Chinatown.

Q2: Sound or smell that reminds you of your childhood.

Mom’s cooking. Tomato beef.

Q3: What was your first or your worst job was?

Working at a bookstore in Chinatown

Q4: You get to change places with a person for one day, you get their talents, their resources and their connections, who would it be?

President Obama

Q5: Paying it forward, one organization that more people should know about – Online site that shares inspirational and hopeful stories.

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