Diane Wirtschafter

Faculty

Diane Wirtschafter

Fourth Grade Head Teacher

Diane 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. Diane 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. During shelter-in-place in the spring of 2020 and then again in spring 2021, her family’s musical parody videos went viral! Her oldest son is the executive producer for “Uncuffed,” a podcast created by incarcerated men, and her daughter is an actor, musician, and educator in Los Angeles. Her youngest son, an enthusiastic member of the BPC class of 2015, is studying history at American University in Washington D.C. Diane joined Black Pine Circle School in 2010 as the fourth grade head teacher. She is looking forward to returning to the classroom after a special year during which she served BPC as an instructional coach for lower school teachers, taught distance learners in fourth grade and led a specialty class focusing on social and emotional learning.

Teaching Since

1986

Pronouns

she/her

Contact

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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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