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Paly's Paul Kandell named 'journalism teacher of the year'

Original post made on Sep 15, 2009

Palo Alto High School journalism teacher Paul Kandell has been named 2009 National Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. Kandell said he will accept the award in November on behalf of his media-arts colleagues at Paly, including Esther Wojcicki, Ellen Austin, Mike McNulty, Margo Wixsom and Ron Williamson -- "an amazing group."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 12:11 AM

Comments (20)

Posted by Evan
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

PaKa! I had him at Paly, and it's great to see him getting some recognition. The Voice (Web Link was and is many years ahead of the curve, and a lot of that is thanks to him.

Posted by Jim
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:42 am

Congratulations to Paul! My daughter is very excited to have his class in second semester this year. That is a great honor for him and for Paly.

Posted by Marc & Helen Zucker
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:45 am

As friends and fellow parents we see Pauls dedication to his students and his craft everyday. This recogniton is well deserved, we are very lucky to have Paul in our school district.


Marc & Helen Zucker

Posted by Annie Jenkins
a resident of Ohlone School
on Sep 15, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Great work Paul! Congratulations.

Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 15, 2009 at 1:33 pm

What a great article! I moved to Palo Alto after my child was grown and had left the nest, so I never had a child enrolled Palo Alto schools. But I always vote for every measure to keep our schools in the top rank. I'm sure it's because of our excellent reputation that a fine teacher like Paul Kendall left Lowell High School

Posted by Cara
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 15, 2009 at 5:01 pm

And he's a great Ohlone parent and soccer coach too! Congratulation, Paul!

Posted by Student journalist
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 15, 2009 at 8:55 pm

"Most people have no idea the level of talent and leadership this campus has in media arts," he said if his fellow teachers. "They're an amazing group, one that has shared a vision of what journalism education can and should be."

I think they mean, "of his fellow teachers" not "if"
Just my inner editor.

Posted by Student journalist
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 15, 2009 at 8:56 pm

And way to go Mr. Kandell!

Posted by Abby L
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 15, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Mr. Kandell, or PKandy as we affectionately call him on Voice, is the best adviser I could ever hope to have. He constantly pushes us to produce the best possible student journalism, and his piercing late-night emails always keep us editors on our toes. Thank you for everything you've done for us, PKandy! Voice wouldn't be Voice without you.
-Abby, editor-in-chief of

Posted by E.G. Meyers
a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Well done & well deserved. I'm still available as a guest speaker....just call.

Posted by Phil
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 15, 2009 at 11:00 pm

That journalism program at Paly is a thing to behold. The students who study journalism there are fortunate to have a faculty that would make most university-level Journalism departments proud.

Posted by Theresa Carey
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 16, 2009 at 11:45 am

A well-deserved honor -- long overdue as far as I'm concerned. Congratulations, Paul and Paly journalism.

Posted by Caroline W
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 16, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Yay PaKa! Congrats! Mr. Kandell is truly an amazing teacher. Verde and the rest of the Paly publications are all extremely fortunate to have him working at Paly. The Cinderella balloon was well deserved!

Posted by Haydeh & Mohammad Moussavian
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 18, 2009 at 12:29 am

Paul and Jacqui are great friends and wonderful teachers in Palo Alto. Congratulations on a well deserved award.

Haydeh and Mohammad Moussavian

Posted by Eliezer Snoyman
a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2009 at 2:04 am

Congratulations Great-Uncle Paul!!! We're so proud of you, even from half-way around the world!

Love, Elie

Posted by Leslie Shen
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 20, 2009 at 1:03 am

Being a part of Paly journalism with Mr. Kandell is unforgettable. Students in his class feel motivated and challenged, but above all empowered to become leaders. Thanks so much, Pkandy-- and congratulations!

Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 20, 2009 at 7:33 am

I was always impressed by Paly's coverage of local issues. They work hard at telling all the news items, in a fair and balanced way, not just what they wish the news would be to manipulate people into believing as they believe. A rare gem. Now I know who to thank for teaching them correctly!

Thank you. I hope that every student of yours goes on to remake our news media to report in a similar "rest of the story" manner at the State, National and International level. We are in desperate need of such truth-tellers at AP, almost all of our newspapers, and alphabet soup news media!

Posted by Doreen Bloch
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 21, 2009 at 10:38 am

Mr. Kandell is one-of-a-kind and I am absolutely thrilled that he has been given this prestigious award!! He deserves this recognition wholeheartedly. He is an incredible teacher, holding his students to the highest journalism standards in quality and ethics, and it has been an honor studying journalism from him for three of my four years in high school. He is truly a mentor, and instills in his students a love of journalism.

Because of the journalism program at Paly that he was so instrumental in creating along with the other stellar teachers at the school, classes of students each year graduate from Paly with a great appreciate and passion for media, and an understanding of the importance it has in our society.

Congratulations Mr. Kandell and thank you for giving so many of us a great love for media, and an ability and passion to perfect it through our own practices within the field. Thank you and congrats!!

Posted by Journalist
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:10 am

Hooray for Mr. Kandell. He definitely deserves this award.

Posted by Julia
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 27, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Mr. Kandell was my favorite English teacher at Paly! He is phenomenal!

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