Fifth Grade Teaching Assistant
Barbara Banez is the fifth grade teaching assistant. Mrs. 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 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 teaching assistant in 2007. For many years she also taught art classes as part of our after-school clubs program. This past summer Mrs. Banez completed The Buck Institute for Education’s Project Based Learning 101 Workshop and will be introducing PBL to select lower school curriculum this year. In summer 2017 she attended Alameda County’s ILSP program and integrated art-centered learning, with a focus on social justice and equity, into lower school curriculum. She recently became a member of the board of directors for the The Alvarado Project and is now acting secretary. Mrs. Banez is the parent of a Black Pine Circle School graduate (Class of 2008) and enjoys yoga, camping, mountain bike riding, swimming, watching movies with her husband, 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