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Barbara Banez

Faculty

Barbara Banez

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.

Teaching Since

2008

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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

Quick Fact

Yogi & avid camper

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Tamed a mechanical bull in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Jen Levy

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Ice-climbed in Iceland

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Kim Livingston

Kim Livingston

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Started clowning at age 9

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Maureen Ray

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Played Fairy Godmother #3 on CCCT's stage at the age of 6 1/2

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Micaela Garcia

Fifth Grade Teaching Assistant (On Family Leave)

Loves to read- rotates between fiction and non-fiction every half hour.

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Michael Feferman

Michael Feferman

Lower School Physical Education Teacher

Has developed a secret pizza sauce

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Nicole Lockwood

Nicole Lockwood

Lower School Science Specialist

Apprenticed at the National Theater of Croatia

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Rem Djemilev

Leads BPC's String Orchestra

Creates musical arrangements for fun

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