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Maureen Ray

Faculty

Maureen Ray

Fifth Grade Head Teacher

Maureen Ray is the fifth grade head teacher. An East Bay native, Ms. Ray received her B.A. from UC San Diego and her multiple subject teaching credential and master’s degree from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Prior to her arrival at BPC, she taught in Los Angeles and Hayward public schools. Ms. Ray enjoys traveling for professional development. Highlights include studying the Civil War in Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln in Oxford, George Washington at Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson in Edinburgh, Slavery in the Colonial North in New York city, and most recently American Immigration in Los Angeles with Prof. Jane Hong and the Civil Rights Movement in Memphis with Prof. Charles McKinney. When not at school or traveling, Ms. Ray spends most of her personal time at the Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito, where she directs the Live at CCCT summer drama camp and serves on both the artistic advisory committee and the theatre’s board of directors. Occasionally, she even makes her way back onto the stage herself! Ms. Ray joined Black Pine Circle School in 2009.

Teaching Since

2003

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Why I Work with Children

Working with children is the best! I love their optimism, their sense of wonder, and their capacity for fun.

A Favorite Book

I always enjoy returning to Bunnicula. I love the way the comedy/mystery explores themes of family, diversity, and acceptance.

Quick Fact

Played Fairy Godmother #3 on CCCT's stage at the age of 6 1/2

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Mad for open water swimming

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Barbara Banez

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Yogi & avid camper

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Cheryl Burger

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Loves walks in nature with family

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Cheryl Sumsion

Cheryl Sumsion

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Tamed a mechanical bull in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Jen Levy

Jen Levy

Lower School Literacy Specialist

Ice-climbed in Iceland

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Kim Livingston

Kim Livingston

Lower School Art Teacher

Started clowning at age 9

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Micaela Garcia

Fifth Grade Teaching Assistant (On Family Leave)

Loves to read- rotates between fiction and non-fiction every half hour.

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Michael Feferman

Michael Feferman

Lower School Physical Education Teacher

Has developed a secret pizza sauce

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Nicole Lockwood

Nicole Lockwood

Lower School Science Specialist

Apprenticed at the National Theater of Croatia

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Rem Djemilev

Leads BPC's String Orchestra

Creates musical arrangements for fun

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