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Isabelle Tanov

Second Grade Assistant Teacher

Isabelle Tanov was born and raised in Berkeley, and is a BPC alumni (class of 2010). After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied art education and student-taught at high schools and elementary schools, she moved back to Berkeley, where she loves taking walks in Tilden park and visiting the animals at Little Farm. While she was in college Isabelle would lead summer camps at Brushstrokes studio and, after she graduated, she became their youth programs manager for a year, organizing all camps and activities. During the 2018-2019 school year, Isabelle taught two after-school clubs at BPC and also became a member of the Extended Day team. Now enrolled in the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute, she is pursuing a master’s in education and a California teaching credential. She is very excited to be the assistant teacher in second grade for the 2021-2022 school year.

Teaching Since

2020

Pronouns

she/her

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Why I Work with Children

Kids have an astounding level of energy and creativity, and being around that makes me feel so inspired. We all have access to that zest and vigor, we just need to be reminded of how much we don’t know, and how fun it is to try something new.

A Favorite Book

Fantastic Mr. Fox, among other Roald Dahl stories were some of my favorite bed time stories as a kid, especially because the chapter books would take several days. The way the stories are told with the kind of logic that makes perfect sense to a child, but leaves adults questioning reminds me both the importance of questioning, and of acceptance.

Quick Fact

Had art exhibited in Chicago and LA

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