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K-8 EXCELLENCE SINCE 1973
2027 7th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (map) • 510‑845‑0876

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Faculty

Jen Levy

Lower School Learning Specialist

Jen Levy received her B.A. in human development from Connecticut College and a dual M.S. degree in both general and special education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She lived in New York for five years and taught first grade at The Parkside School. A Bay Area native, Ms. Levy returned in 2009 and worked for seven years at Arbor Bay School in San Carlos, a school for children with mild to moderate learning differences. She taught first through third grade and served as a supervising teacher; mentoring other teachers in curriculum development, literacy instruction, and differentiation. Ms. Levy has always had a personal interest in teaching reading and is trained in both the Orton Gillingham and Lindamood Bell reading methods. She enjoys figuring out how individual children think and learn and then identifying the best strategies for their instruction. In her personal time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, playing and watching sports, and going on adventures with her husband and two young children. Ms. Levy joined Black Pine Circle School in 2017.

Teaching Since

2005

Contact

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Why I Work with Children

I love figuring out how individual children think and learn and then figuring out the best strategies for their instruction.

A Favorite Book

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Having spent many years in Brooklyn, the story and themes really resonated with me.

Quick Fact

Ice-climbed in Iceland

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Cheryl Burger

Lower School Spanish Teacher

Loves walks in nature with family

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Cheryl Sumsion

Cheryl Sumsion

Fourth-Sixth Grade Music Teacher, Choral Program Director

Tamed a mechanical bull in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Diane Wirtschafter

Diane Schon Wirtschafter

Fourth Grade Head Teacher

While on Venetian honeymoon, serenaded a German couple on a gondola.

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Dina Weinshelbaum

First-Third Grade Cello Teacher

Toured with the Western Opera Theater for eight years

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Eileen Duncan

Eileen Duncan

Third Grade Head Teacher

Saw the sunrise from the highest point (14,505') in the lower 48 states

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Hannah Lesser

Fourth Grade Assistant Teacher

Award-winning documentary filmmaker

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Isaac Pasternack

Isaac Pasternack

First Grade Assistant Teacher

Can fix a flat bicycle tire in < 5 minutes

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Kaneoelani Connor Joseph

Kanoelani Connor Joseph

First Grade Head Teacher

Played with (& vs) Olympic Volleyballer Misty May

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Ke Williams

Ke Williams

Kindergarten Head Teacher

Where I was born, now stands a Yoda statue

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Kim Livingston

Kim Livingston

Lower School Art Teacher

Started clowning at age 9

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Kris Rolstadt

Kris Rolstad

Fifth Grade Assistant Teacher

Loves to play & watch sports & music

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Madeleine King

K-3rd Grade Music Teacher, Head of Music Program

Loves to paddle-surf

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Mason Hanson

Fifth Grade Science Teacher, Upper School Applied Ecology Teacher, Sixth Grade Associate Science Teacher

Kayak-camped 40 miles around Lake Tahoe

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Meg McCarthy

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Never had a cavity

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Michael Feferman

Michael Feferman

Lower School Physical Education Teacher

Has developed a secret pizza sauce

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Nicole Lockwood

Nicole Lockwood

Kindergarten-Fourth Grade Science and Garden Teacher

Apprenticed at the National Theater of Croatia

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Rachel Durling

First-Third Grade Violin Teacher

Played at the Grammys

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Rem Djemilev

BPC String Orchestra Leader

Creates musical arrangements for fun

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Romina Ronquillo

Romina Ronquillo

Second Grade Head Teacher

Mad for dancing

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Ryan McWilliams

Ryan McWilliams

Third Grade Assistant Teacher

Musician and Culinary Arts graduate

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Sonytha Bun

Second Grade Assistant Teacher

I am the middle child

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Stephanie Colker

Fifth Grade Head Teacher

Kayaked in Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Vera Balarin

Fifth Grade Math Teacher, Lower School Math Specialist

Summers on a small Croatian isle

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