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Marcelo Vaz

Faculty

Marcelo Vaz

Seventh Grade History Teacher, Upper School Outdoor Education Director

Marcelo Vaz 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 Black Pine Circle School, he spent 10 years teaching at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, where he was also the director of service learning and coached middle school soccer. Mr. Vaz is an avid outdoors enthusiast, spending much of his 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. Mr Vaz joined the Black Pine Circle School faculty in 2018.

Teaching Since

2007

Contact

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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

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