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Kaneoelani Connor Joseph


Kanoelani Connor Joseph

First Grade Head Teacher

Ms. Connor Joseph earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her M.A. in education from the University of San Francisco. In 1998, she began teaching kindergarten, and co-teaching first grade, at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco. After teaching in the city for four years, Ms. Connor Joseph taught kindergarten for 15 years at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland. She loves spending time with her family, especially her daughter Nanea (13) and son M’Kai (16). She also enjoys going to the beach, dancing, and playing volleyball. Ms. Connor Joseph joined the Black Pine Circle School faculty in 2017.

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Why I Work with Children

Children teach me how to be a better person and when I am with them, we laugh a lot!

A Favorite Book

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein because the tree was selfless and had so much love for the boy.

Quick Fact

Played with (& vs) Olympic Volleyballer Misty May

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Started clowning at age 9

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Kris Rolstad

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Nicole Lockwood

Nicole Lockwood

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Apprenticed at the National Theater of Croatia

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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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Vera Balarin

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Summers on a small Croatian isle

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