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Jen Levy

Faculty

Jen Levy

Lower School Literacy Specialist

Jen Levy is the lower school literacy specialist. Ms. 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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Yogi & avid camper

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Loves walks in nature with family

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

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Dina Weinshelbaum

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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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Isaac Pasternack

Isaac Pasternack

Third Grade Teaching Assistant

Can fix a flat bicycle tire in < 5 minutes

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Kanoelani Connor Joseph

First Grade Head Teacher

Played with (& vs) Olympic Volleyballer Misty May

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Ke Williams

Ke Williams

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

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

First Grade Teaching Assistant

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Madeleine King

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Loves to paddle-surf

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Maureen Ray

Fifth Grade Head Teacher

Played Fairy Godmother #3 on CCCT's stage at the age of 6 1/2

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Micaela Garcia

Fifth Grade Teaching Assistant (On Family Leave)

Loves to read- rotates between fiction and non-fiction every half hour.

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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

Lower School Science Specialist

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

Leads BPC's String Orchestra

Creates musical arrangements for fun

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Romina Ronquillo

Romina Ronquillo

Kindergarten Head Teacher

Mad for dancing

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Ryan McWilliams

Ryan McWilliams

Second Grade Teaching Assistant

Musician and Culinary Arts graduate

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Sam Pashall

Sam Pashall

Fourth Grade Teaching Assistant

Lived on a haunted Indonesian island

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Stephanie Colker

Stephanie Colker

Second Grade Head Teacher

Kayaked in Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Vera Balarin

Vera Balarin

Lower School Math Specialist

Summers on a small Croatian isle

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