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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, Jen returned in 2009 and worked for seven years at Arbor Bay School in San Carlos, a school for children with learning differences. She taught first through third grade and served as a supervising teacher; mentoring other teachers in curriculum development, literacy instruction, and differentiation. Jen 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, being outdoors, and going on adventures with her husband and two young children. Jen joined Black Pine Circle School in 2017.

Teaching Since

2005

Pronouns

she/her

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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Aïda Garcia-Pons

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Aïda attended the same elementary school as opera tenor Josep Carreras.

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Brennan Fischer

Brennan Fischer

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Brennan is a Black Belt in Okinawan Karate and Kung Fu.

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Cheryl Sumsion

Cheryl Sumsion

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Tamed a mechanical bull in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Cris Mytko

Christine Mytko

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Mad for AR, VR, improv and chickens

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Daniel Hughes

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When I was 16, I spent three days in the South African bush with just my journal, water, and sleeping bag.

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Diane Wirtschafter

Diane 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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Elizabeth Rivera

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

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Isabelle Tanov

Third Grade Assistant Teacher

Had art exhibited in Chicago and LA

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Jamie Xayachack

First Grade Assistant Teacher

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Kaneoelani Connor

Kanoelani Connor

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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Michael Feferman

Michael Feferman

Lower School Physical Education Teacher

Has developed a secret pizza sauce

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Nicole Lockwood

Kindergarten-Fourth Grade Science and Garden Teacher

Apprenticed at the National Theater of Croatia

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Owen Roberts

Owen Roberts

Kindergarten-Third Grade Music Teacher

I was a college volleyball coach

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Phoenix Tower

Second Grade Assistant Teacher

My favorite food is chocolate :)

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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, Lower School Assistant Teacher Coordinator

Mad for dancing

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Tiffany Wiyono

Tiffany Wiyono

Fourth Grade Assistant Teacher

I have 3 cats and 5 chickens.

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Torin Coffino

Torin Coffino

Fifth Grade Head Teacher

Played Gaelic Football as a youth, and won a Minors championship in Ireland

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Xiaoyan Xu

Xiaoyan Xu

Fifth-Eighth Grade Mandarin Teacher

Once ate deep-fried silkworms

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