Marcelo Vaz

Faculty

Marcelo Vaz

Seventh Grade History Teacher, Upper School Director of Outdoor Education

Born in Berkeley, Marcelo Vaz grew up with many friends who attended Black Pine Circle School and always loved what he heard about the school. He entered teaching with a desire for a more socially just society, seeing education and awareness as a first step towards achieving such ends. Marcelo graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in community studies and then earned his M.A. from Columbia University’s Teachers College, with a focus on teaching social studies. Before coming to BPC, he spent 10 years teaching at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, where he was also the director of service learning. Marcelo also coaches the BPC soccer team and supports BPC’s Climate Club. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast, spending much of his personal time mountain biking and backpacking. Music has also been an important focus in his life, and he has played saxophone and percussion with many local California bands across a wide range of genres. Marcelo joined the Black Pine Circle School faculty in 2018.

Teaching Since

2007

Pronouns

he/him

Contact

Email >

Why I Work with Children

I care about this world and the future of humanity. I know it’s cliche, but our children are our future, and I believe deeply in the importance of this work.

A Favorite Book

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. While this book was written for younger readers, it is one of my all-time favorites. Two of my students once came up to me and said, “Marcelo, you are Stargirl! You should read this.” And, so I did. Well, I tell you, I wish was Stargirl! She is a free spirit, not caught up in judgements and what other people think of her. While I am honored these students saw something of Stargirl in me, truly, Stargirl is who I hope to be!

Quick Fact

Rode a camel through the Sahara

Other Faculty for This Grade

Aly Mitchell

Alyson Mitchell

Eighth Grade History & Geography Teacher

Keen on floating houses and mutant Basset Hounds

Full Bio >

Anatoliy Gulimovskiy

Seventh Grade Math Teacher, Math Club / Math Team Coach

Played soccer on a Zambian teacher team

Full Bio >

Andra Marziano

Dean of Upper School Students, Assistant Head of Upper School, Upper School Drama Teacher

Full Bio >

Apollo Papafrangou

Apollo Papafrangou

Sixth Grade Socratic Seminar Teacher, Upper School Assistant

I’m a published author.

Full Bio >

Brett Hollingshead

Upper School Physical Education Teacher

Full Bio >

Jean Carla Rodea

Carla Rodea

Upper School Spanish Teacher

I speak several languages.

Full Bio >

Carwai Seto

Carwai Seto

Eighth Grade Math Teacher

Loves to travel

Full Bio >

Cassie McFall

Cassie McFall

Upper School Assistant

Full Bio >

Catalina Lacy

Catalina Lacy

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Met the Raramuri, the indigenous Mexican long-distance runners

Full Bio >

Cheryl Sumsion

Cheryl Sumsion

Fourth-Sixth Grade Music Teacher

Tamed a mechanical bull in Nashville, Tennessee.

Full Bio >

Cris Mytko

Christine Mytko

Fifth and Seventh Grade Science Teacher

Mad for AR, VR, improv and chickens

Full Bio >

Cloe Monleon

Upper School Spanish Teacher

I’ve traveled to five continents & only learned to speak English in my late 20s.

Full Bio >

Emmeline Hill

Emmeline Hill

Sixth Grade Science Teacher

Herded sheep by motorbike in Australia.

Full Bio >

Gerry Branner

Upper School Physical Education Teacher & Athletic Director

Full Bio >

Gwen Hornig

Gwen Hornig

Eighth Grade English Teacher

Ask me about the time I had a magical and terrifying stand-off with a bison in the Badlands.

Full Bio >

Jerry Kennedy

Seventh and Eighth Grade Music Teacher, Band Director

Performed music in South Africa during the end of legal apartheid.

Full Bio >

Jonathan Cohen

Eighth Grade Science Teacher

Apprenticed with a luthier, adept with a paddle

Full Bio >

Kathy Henderson

Kathy Henderson

Sixth & Seventh Grade Math Teacher

Full Bio >

Maria Palmer

Sixth Grade English Teacher, Eighth Grade Creative Writing Teacher

Loves to write or paint

Full Bio >

Natasha Vdovychenko

Nataliya Vdovychenko

Upper School Assistant Teacher

Fluent Russian speaker

Full Bio >

Rebecca Deutsch

Rebecca Caine

Upper School Art Teacher

I scuba dive!

Full Bio >

Rem Djemilev

BPC String Orchestra Leader

Creates musical arrangements for fun

Full Bio >

Sarah Roggero

Upper School Spanish Teacher

My birthday is April 1st, no joke!

Full Bio >

Stephanie Piper

Stephanie Piper

Seventh Grade English Teacher

Obsessed with the Salem witchcraft trials

Full Bio >

Xiaoyan Xu

Xiaoyan Xu

Fifth-Eighth Grade Mandarin Teacher

Once ate deep-fried silkworms

Full Bio >

Zina Gulimovskaya

Seventh Grade Math Assistant, Math Team Coach

Full Bio >