Ms. Esther Wojcicki

Vice Chair, Board of Directors of Creative Commons

Ms. Esther Wojcicki has been the Journalism & English teacher at Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, California, for the past 25 years.


After building the journalism program from a small group of 20 students in 1985 to one of the largest in the nation including 350 students, two additional journalism teachers, and five award-winning journalism electives: newspaper (The Campanile) , magazine (Verde), online (, television (InFocus), and Viking, a sports magazine, Ms. Wojcicki was selected by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as 2002 California Teacher of the Year.


Over the past 20 years, the publications have won Gold and Silver Crowns from Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the PaceMaker Award and Hall of Fame Award from National Scholastic Press, and best in nation from Time Magazine in 2003. The website was honored with two Webby Awards in 2005.


Ms. Wojcicki is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Creative Commons. She is also President of the Friends of the Lurdes Mutola Foundation to support girls’ education in Mozambique. She has worked as a professional journalist for multiple publications and now blogs regularly for Huffington Post and is a consultant for Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Hewlett Foundation.