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Gwen Hornig

Faculty

Gwen Hornig

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, volunteered in the 6th-8th grade drama classes for the 2016-2017 school year, and worked this past year as the upper school drama apprentice. She is beyond excited to be stepping into her new role this year! In addition to her work in the classroom at BPC, Ms. Hornig is a Bay Area theatre artist. She also loves to garden and take her dog, Max, on rainy day hikes.

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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.

Quick Fact

Met her spirit animal in South Dakota

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