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Diane Wirtschafter


Diane Schon Wirtschafter

Fourth Grade Head Teacher

Diane Schon 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 a college student. Ms. Wirtschafter joined Black Pine Circle School in 2010.

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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.

Quick Fact

While on Venetian honeymoon, serenaded a German couple on a gondola.

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Kim Livingston

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