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 was on the curatorial staff at the Berkeley Art Museum before joining the Black Pine Circle School faculty in 1994. She is the mother of two grown children, grandmother to four grandchildren, and travels frequently to visit her family in Berlin. During the summer months, Ms. Palmer enjoys being outdoors and devotes her personal time to both writing and painting.
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.