Daniel Hughes

Third Grade Head Teacher

Daniel Hughes graduated from Hamilton College in 2012 with a B.A. in economics. After a short stint as a financial advisor, he reconnected with his passion for coaching and teaching at Avenues: The World School, in New York City. There, he coached both soccer and basketball and taught first grade for four years. When Avenues announced its second campus in São Paulo, Brazil, Dan jumped at the opportunity and moved south. In São Paulo, Dan taught third, fourth, and fifth grade while also coaching the girls varsity basketball team. When he is not teaching, Dan loves playing soccer, biking, hiking, gardening, and eating good food. He grew up in Chicago and London and is an avid supporter of the Chicago Bulls and Arsenal F.C. He is looking forward to living in the East Bay with his wife Julia and two cats, Zoé and Paçoca. Dan is excited to join BPC this year as the third grade head teacher.




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Why I Work with Children

I think there is so much joy in learning and discovering new things. I love being around kids because it is important to remind ourselves that play and discovery are important parts of our lives as adults as well.

A Favorite Book

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. This book is a poetic reminder about how much we can learn from the natural world.

Quick Fact

When I was 16, I spent three days in the South African bush with just my journal, water, and sleeping bag.

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Aïda Garcia-Pons

Lower School Spanish Teacher

Aïda attended the same elementary school as opera tenor Josep Carreras.

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Dina Weinshelbaum

First-Third Grade Cello Teacher

Toured with the Western Opera Theater for eight years

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Isabelle Tanov

Third Grade Assistant Teacher

Had art exhibited in Chicago and LA

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Kim Livingston

Lower School Art Teacher

Started clowning at age 9

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Michael Feferman

Lower School Physical Education Teacher

Has developed a secret pizza sauce

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Nicole Lockwood

Kindergarten-Fourth Grade Science and Garden Teacher

Apprenticed at the National Theater of Croatia

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Owen Roberts

Kindergarten-Third Grade Music Teacher

I was a college volleyball coach

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Rachel Durling

Rachel Durling

First-Third Grade Violin Teacher

Played at the Grammys

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Rem Djemilev

BPC String Orchestra Leader

Creates musical arrangements for fun

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Romina Ronquillo

Second Grade Head Teacher, Lower School Assistant Teacher Coordinator

Mad for dancing

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