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K-8 EXCELLENCE SINCE 1973
2027 7th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 (map) • 510‑845‑0876

Maria Palmer

Faculty

Maria Palmer

Sixth Grade English Teacher

In addition to being the sixth grade English teacher, Maria Palmer also teaches creative writing to the eighth grade. Ms. Palmer received both her B.A. in English literature and her kindergarten through eighth grade teaching credential, with a specialization in teaching English, from UC Berkeley. Ms. Palmer has also taken graduate courses in English literature at UCLA and completed the coursework for an M.A. in design at UC Berkeley. Ms. Palmer taught sixth grade at both Franklin School in Oakland and Altadena School in Altadena, California, and she worked at the Berkeley Art Museum before joining the Black Pine Circle School faculty in 1993. She is the mother of two grown children and enjoys painting, writing, and being outdoors.

Teaching Since

1993

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Why I Work with Children

I love thinking, exploring, and learning with the children – they teach me so much!

A Favorite Book

Impossible to answer – but Watership Down and To Kill a Mockingbird are among my all-time favorites.

Quick Fact

Loves to write or paint

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Gerry Branner

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Gwen Hornig

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Met her spirit animal in South Dakota

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Jenny Reeves

Jenny Reeves

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Loves to swim

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Josefina Jacquin

Josefina Jacquin

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Keeps up with friends around the world

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Kendra Lubalin

Kendra Lubalin

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Working on a young adult utopian-dystopian novel

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Mason Hanson

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Kayak-camped 40 miles around Lake Tahoe

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Megan Hubbard

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Zamboni driver

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Natasha Vdovychenko

Nataliya Vdovychenko

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Fluent Russian speaker

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Rem Djemilev

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Creates musical arrangements for fun

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Sasha Johnson

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Wanderer in bookstores, swimmer in alpine lakes

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Stephanie Somersille

Stephanie Somersille

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Xiaoyan Xu

Xiaoyan Xu

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Once ate deep-fried silkworms

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Zina Gulimovskaya

7th and 8th Grade Math Assistant

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