Eighth Grade English Teacher
Pamela Brenman has been a teacher and administrator at several independent schools in the Bay Area for the last 26 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, where her work focused on critical race theory. She is currently completing her Ed.D. at Mills College. Ms. Brenman is a member of the Facing History Consortium, a Bay Area group that creates curriculum based on issues of social justice for middle school students. She is also a member of the English Language Arts (ELA) advisory board of Facing History and Ourselves, an institute member of National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Bay Area Writing Project. A longtime Berkeley resident, Ms. Brenman has three children and enjoys writing, reading, photography, hiking and biking. Ms. Brenman joined Black Pine Circle School in 2018.
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.