Extended Day Team, Faculty
Classroom Support Staff
Barbara Banez developed a lifelong love for making which led her to leave her dream of becoming a forest ranger behind to study design, sculpture, and interior architecture at City College of San Francisco and the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. 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 Black Pine Circle School as a lower school assistant teacher in 2007. For many years she also taught art classes as part of our after-school clubs program. Mrs. Banez has completed The Buck Institute for Education’s Project Based Learning 101 Workshop and Alameda County’s Integrated Learning Specialist Program. She has worked as house manager at Contra Costa Civic Theater since 2010 and recently became a member of the board of directors for The Alvarado Project as acting secretary. Following a year as assistant director of extended daycare, Mrs. Banez is moving back into the classroom to support our second grade distance and hybrid learning cohorts. She is the parent of a Black Pine Circle School graduate and enjoys yoga, camping, mountain bike riding, swimming, watching movies with her husband, reading, and gardening.
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