Sixth Grade Socratic Seminar, Seventh Grade Drama Teacher
Gwen Hornig completed her undergraduate degree at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in theatre, empathy, and education. She is a Black Pine Circle School alum and spent a year as an apprentice in the upper school drama classes before stepping into her role as a head teacher. Last year, she had the opportunity to design and execute a new curriculum for the sixth grade Socratic Seminar class, placing a strong emphasis on building the tools for effective inquiry-based dialogue and discovery, while continuing to share her passion for theatre in the drama classroom with the seventh graders. In addition to her work in the classroom at BPC, Ms. Hornig is a Bay Area theatre artist. She also loves to garden, take her dog, Max, on rainy day hikes, and recently became a “cool aunt” to seven chickens and three baby goats!
Why I Work with Children
I think there is profound value in a child’s candor and vulnerability. I seek to foster those qualities as sources of strength, individuality, and empathy as each child figures out how they move through the world.
A Favorite Book
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk. I am forever in awe of the body’s incredible synchronicity with the emotional mind and memory.