Head of Upper School, Assistant Head of School
Prior to coming on board as Black Pine Circle School’s head of upper school in 2018, Mr. Calhoun served for three years as the director of development and communications at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland. He also spent six years at Bentley School where he was first the high school dean of students and then the head of the middle school. With over a decade of experience as a high school mathematics teacher, Mr. Calhoun taught for five years at San Francisco University High School and another five years at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Morehouse College and an M.Ed. in mathematics education from The University of Georgia. Mr. Calhoun has two sons; an eighth grader at BPC and an eleventh grader at Bishop O’Dowd High School. Mr. Calhoun is a huge San Francisco Giants fan and he has been to spring training with at least one of his sons for the past 13 years, including 2020 pre-pandemic!
Why I Work with Children
Working with young people is such a joy, especially middle schoolers. They get to learn to navigate the world while exploring identity. I always get to learn because they all maneuver this stage of life so differently, and I continue to be inspired by them.
A Favorite Book
The Autobiography of Malcolm X is the most important book I have ever read. I read it in high school, college, and twice more as an adult. In the face of constant adversity, his commitment to helping others while constantly seeking personal growth is awe-inspiring.