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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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Ke Williams

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Where I was born, now stands a Yoda statue

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Kim Livingston

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Started clowning at age 9

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Loves to play backgammon

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Never had a cavity

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Has developed a secret pizza sauce

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Nicole Lockwood

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Apprenticed at the National Theater of Croatia

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Owen Roberts

Owen Roberts

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I was a college volleyball coach

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Played at the Grammys

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Rem Djemilev

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Creates musical arrangements for fun

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Mad for dancing

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I am the middle child

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

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Summers on a small Croatian isle

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Once ate deep-fried silkworms

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