MEET KEN TANG

Kenneth Tang's entire life has been dedicated to service above self as evidenced by his career as a public school teacher, activism in the labor movement, and commitment to his local community.

Born in Vietnam, Ken spent the first few years of his life living in refugee camps before immigrating to the United States with his family in 1980. A product of Alhambra Unified Schools (Martha Baldwin, Ynez, Mark Keppel HS '91), Ken went on to earn a B.S. in Child Development at California State University, Los Angeles where he obtained a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. After college, he became a teacher at nearby Garvey School District where he has taught at the elementary level for twenty-four years.

As a teacher, Ken has encouraged his students to view the world with a racial equity lens and to fight for social justice both inside and outside their school. Every year, he and his students select a charity and work to raise awareness and funds for the organization through various activities and fundraisers. In addition, Ken is also an active member of Garvey Education Foundation as well as his school and district's PTA.

Outside of the classroom, Ken is a fierce advocate for his fellow educators and his students through his involvement in his local teachers association - the Garvey Education Association where he has served as Grade Level Rep, Secretary, Treasurer, Political Action Committee Chair, Vice President and then President. At the state level, he has served as a delegate in the California Teachers Association State Council of Education, Chair of the CTA Pacific Asian American Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Racial Equity Affairs Committee. Ken is also a member of the National Education Association Board of Directors. For his remarkable service, he earned the prestigious State WHO (We Honor Ours) Award in 2018.

Ken is an active part of his local community where he serves as a Merit Badge Counselor for the San Gabriel Valley Boy Scouts of America. He is also involved with Rosemead Backpack Program, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), and the Alhambra Democratic Club.

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