Diane Schon Wirtschafter
Fourth Grade Head Teacher
Diane Schon Wirtschafter is the fourth grade head teacher. Ms. Wirtschafter has been teaching since 1986 in both public and private elementary schools, including 11 years at Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito. She studied psychology at Barnard College in New York City and earned her M.A. in education at Bank Street College of Education, and at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Wirtschafter twice won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education at the state level. Music is an integral part of her life, and she has sung with washboard bands, klezmer bands, and students. You might hear one of her adult children on our local PBS radio stations and, if you travel to L.A., you could possibly see her other adult child on stage! Her youngest son, an enthusiastic member of the BPC class of 2015, is starting college this fall. Ms. Wirtschafter joined Black Pine Circle School in 2010.
Why I Work with Children
I love children and helping them understand things. It’s always interesting!
A Favorite Book
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. I enjoy reading about these bickering siblings hiding out at a museum. They grow closer as they work to solve a mystery.