John Carlstroem


John Carlstroem

Head of School

John Carlstroem has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of educational environments, 15 of them as head of school at Black Pine Circle School. Prior to his time here, Mr. Carlstroem was the assistant head of school and middle school head at the Hamlin School in San Francisco. Mr. Carlstroem has consulted with the National Park Service, East Bay Regional Parks, The San Francisco Education Fund, The Moore Foundation, and others on the subjects of teacher training, curricular design, and management in the environmental and education sectors. He served as director of education and outreach, and later executive director, for the Headlands Institute, and as executive vice president for Yosemite National Institute and chair of the board for Save the Bay. He remains deeply committed to environmental causes. Mr. Carlstroem’s educational background includes a B.A. in marine biology from UC Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in education at Mills College. He lives in El Cerrito with his wife and daughter, a Black Pine Circle School nine-year alum.


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Why I Work with Children

Every day is full of possibilities to make learning fun and challenging.

A Favorite Book

White Noise by Don Delillo

Quick Fact

Played music with Jonathan Richman & They Might Be Giants

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