Eighth Grade English Teacher
Pamela Brenman is the eighth grade English teacher. Ms. Brenman has been working at Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito as the eighth grade humanities teacher and the middle school division coordinator. Prior to that, she taught English and history at Archway Middle School in Berkeley and served as assistant head of school there for several years. She holds a B.A. in English from Rider University, a master’s degree in English literature from Rutgers University, and an M.Ed. in educational leadership from Mills College. She is currently working on her Ed.D at Mills College. Ms. Brenman is also a member of the Facing History Consortium, a Bay Area group that creates curriculum based on issues of social justice for middle school students. A long-time Berkeley resident, Ms. Brenman has three children and enjoys biking and hiking in the Bay Area. She is looking forward to joining the upper school faculty this fall.
Why I Work with Children
I enjoy creating curriculum and imparting new ideas to students. I love discussion and the sharing of thoughts about works of literature and philosophy. Connecting ideas about what has happened in the past with the present are central to my teaching practice.
A Favorite Book
I really enjoy reading British classical literature such as MiddleMarch, but also enjoy political writers such as James Baldwin, and most recently, Roxanne Gay.