K-8 EXCELLENCE SINCE 1973
2027 7th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (map) • 510‑845‑0876

Aly Mitchell

Faculty

Alyson Mitchell

Eighth Grade History and Geography Teacher

Alyson Mitchell is the eighth grade history and geography teacher. Ms. Mitchell is celebrating her twenty-first year as an educator. She holds a B.S. in human development from UC Davis and a multiple subject teaching credential from CSU, Chico. She was an elementary school teacher for eight years in the Cambrian School District in San Jose. During her last two years there, she served on special assignment as a literacy and math coach and mentor teacher. She was also selected to attend a summer institute at the National Archives in Washington D.C. that focused on using primary sources in history research and classroom education. After that, Ms. Mitchell lived in Tokyo for four years, during which time she earned a certificate in peace education from Columbia University. She joined the BPC upper school faculty in 2007. This past summer she traveled to Columbia University to study Reconstruction with Eric Foner. She is an avid San Francisco Giants fan and loves to travel. She lives in Berkeley on a houseboat with her husband and two children (one alum and one current BPC eighth grader), brain-damaged cat, and monstrous basset hound.

Teaching Since

1993

Contact

Email >

Why I Work with Children

I try to raise global citizens who consistently think beyond their borders, cultures, and tribes.

A Favorite Book

The Atlas Obscura. It is a guide to under-appreciated world wonders that inspires wanderlust. My bucket list continues to grow.

Quick Fact

Keen on floating houses and mutant Basset Hounds

Other Faculty for This Grade

Anatoliy Gulimovskiy

Seventh and Eighth Grade Math Teacher

Played soccer on a Zambian teacher team

Full Bio >

Andra Marziano

Dean of Students, Assistant Head of Upper School, Upper School Drama Teacher

Full Bio >

Carwai Seto

Carwai Seto

Seventh and Eighth Grade Math Teacher, Eighth Grade Dean of Students

Loves to travel

Full Bio >

Catalina Lacy

Catalina Lacy

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Met the Raramuri, the indigenous Mexican long-distance runners

Full Bio >

Chris Chun

Chris Chun

K-8 Academic Dean, Assistant Head of Upper School, Culture and Identity Teacher

Social justice-oriented contortionist

Full Bio >

Fordy Shoor

Upper School Assistant, Extended Daycare Assistant

Attended film school in Italy

Full Bio >

Gerry Branner

Upper School Physical Education & Athletic Director

Full Bio >

Gwen Hornig

Gwen Hornig

Upper School Drama Apprentice

Met her spirit animal in South Dakota

Full Bio >

Jenny Reeves

Jenny Reeves

Upper School Art Teacher

Loves to swim

Full Bio >

Jerry Kennedy

Seventh and Eighth Grade Music Teacher, Band Director

Performed music in South Africa during the end of legal apartheid.

Full Bio >

Jonathan Cohen

Eighth Grade Science Teacher

Apprenticed with a luthier, adept with a paddle

Full Bio >

Josefina Jacquin

Josefina Jacquin

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Keeps up with friends around the world

Full Bio >

Kendra Lubalin

Kendra Lubalin

Upper School Assistant

Working on a young adult utopian-dystopian novel

Full Bio >

Marcelo Vaz

Marcelo Vaz

Sixth and Seventh Grade History Teacher

Rode a camel through the Sahara

Full Bio >

Natasha Vdovychenko

Nataliya Vdovychenko

Upper School Assistant

Fluent Russian speaker

Full Bio >

Pamela Brenman

Pamela Brenman

Eighth Grade English Teacher

Lived in Montreal

Full Bio >

Rem Djemilev

Leads BPC's String Orchestra

Creates musical arrangements for fun

Full Bio >

Sebastian Bates

Sebastian Bates

Upper School Assistant, Extended Daycare Assistant

Full Bio >

Stephanie Somersille

Stephanie Somersille

Upper School Math Specialist

Full Bio >

Xiaoyan Xu

Xiaoyan Xu

Upper School Mandarin Teacher

Once ate deep-fried silkworms

Full Bio >

Zina Gulimovskaya

7th and 8th Grade Math Assistant

Full Bio >