Third Grade Teaching Assistant
Isaac Pasternack is the third grade teaching assistant. Mr. Pasternack is an East Bay native, raised in Richmond. He returned home from Seattle after graduating from the University of Washington with a B.A. in history and a minor in Jewish studies. His work with children began with trips to help out at his mom’s preschool class at the young age of nine. Before coming to Black Pine Circle School, Isaac worked at Classroom Matters, a tutoring center in Berkeley. Mr. Pasternack joined the Black Pine Circle School faculty in 2013 as the fourth grade teaching assistant. Isaac is also a member of a community bike workshop, Biketopia. He spends one evening a week there volunteering, teaching folks about repairing and maintaining their bikes. He will be starting his first year with the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI) this year, pursuing a master’s in education. In his personal time, he enjoys listening to music, reading, and riding his bike.
Why I Work with Children
I love watching students learn and making new connections.
A Favorite Book
The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie. The stories are thoughtful and make you feel like you really know the characters.