Bryan Bassette

Bryan Bassette

Assistant Principal

Elmhurst United Middle School

Oakland, CA USA

The part of the job that I love is knowing that I am influencing minds in a positive way—not only for their success, but for the success of our people and the success of our community.


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Bryan Bassette


My road in life has taken me all over.
I grew up in Oakland, California, and was a student-athlete all throughout school.
Both of my parents were educators, but I had no intentions of following in their footsteps—I dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player.
I didn’t end up getting drafted and was no longer a student-athlete—without sports, I lost my drive, stopped applying myself, and was academically disqualified from college.
I started coaching high school baseball and found that I loved mentoring and building relationships with the kids.
I went back to school for my bachelor’s degree and started substitute teaching—once I saw firsthand that teaching was about relationship-building and mentorship, I was hooked.
I started teaching at Piedmont Avenue Elementary with the Office of African American Male Achievement—I was the first to pilot the program for elementary school students.
Once I had my own classroom and was able to infuse cultural and social awareness into my curriculum, I really fell in love with teaching.
I taught for seven years before moving into education administration—I’m currently the assistant principal at Elmhurst United Middle School.


Assistant Principal

I'm an assistant principal and also taught with the Office of African American Male Achievement.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Coach teachers with growing instructional practices, facilitate various meetings, provide student support, collaborate with colleagues to address issues that arise, as well as work to refine our systems and structures.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Don't go into teaching thinking that you're there to save your students. You're not there to save them. You're there to give them the tools to bring themselves up. If you take it upon yourself to "save" them, you won't be as effective and you'll probably end up burning out. Be authentic and empathetic and teach your students the tools they need to succeed.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'll never be a teacher. Teaching is not for me."

Challenges I Overcame

School Stress