Eighth Grade Science Teacher
Jonathan Cohen earned a B.A. in biopsychology from Oberlin College and an M.A in education from Stanford University with a California clear credential. He has been teaching for the past 26 years in independent and public schools. Mr. Cohen completed the Exploratorium Teacher Institute Program and later mentored new teachers through the institute’s Teacher Leadership Program. He once won the Exploratorium’s Iron Science Teacher competition. At BPC, in addition to eighth grade science, he teaches woodshop, electronics, and leads eighth grade students in outreach to the Via Center, a local school for differently-abled students. During the summer he teaches a microbiology course at the UC Berkeley Academic Talent Development Program. Mr. Cohen joined the Black Pine Circle School faculty in 2015.
A Favorite Book
I love the book Song of the Dodo by David Quammen. The book is subtitled, Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions.” It is a detailed account of evolution and ecosystem decay. It reads like an adventure travelogue and it balances hope, history, a call to action with a nuanced discussion of speciation and evolution. Song of the Dodo is one of the most affecting science books I’ve ever read.