Extended Day Team
Assistant Director, Extended Day Program
Barbara Bañez was born and raised in San Francisco. She developed a lifelong love for making which led her to study design, sculpture, and interior architecture at City College of San Francisco and the Academy of Art University. She was an assistant teacher and lead art teacher in kindergarten through fourth grade at St. Theresa School in Oakland for the five years prior to joining BPC as a lower school assistant teacher in 2007. For many years she also taught art classes as part of our after-school clubs program. Barbara has completed Alameda County’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program. She has worked as house manager at Contra Costa Civic Theater since 2010 and is a board member for The Alvarado Project. Last year Barbara worked in the second grade classroom to support our distance and hybrid learning cohorts, and also supported distance learning art classes in the lower school. She is the parent of a BPC graduate and enjoys making art, doing jigsaw puzzles, designing floral arrangements, yoga, camping, mountain bike riding, and reading.
Why I Work with Children
I struggled as a student, especially with math and spelling so I had to get creative to solve problems. Now I can recognize when a student struggles and can find ways to relate the material or situation to them in a new or different way.
A Favorite Book
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone