K-8 EXCELLENCE SINCE 1973
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Romina Ronquillo

Faculty

Romina Ronquillo

Kindergarten Head Teacher

Romina Ronquillo is the kindergarten head teacher. Ms. Ronquillo received her multiple subject teaching credential from Holy Names University and a B.A. in liberal studies with a minor in children’s theater and dance from California State University, East Bay. Ms. Ronquillo has had training in both early childhood development and in theater and creative dance for children. Before joining Black Pine Circle School, she worked as a teacher’s assistant for first, second, and fifth grade students at Calvary Christian School in Alameda, and she also taught preschool-aged children at Treehouse Preschool and Kindergarten in Oakland. Ms. Ronquillo began her career at BPC as the dance/movement teacher for kindergarten through third grade and the first grade assistant. She moved on to become the third grade head teacher before becoming the kindergarten head teacher in 2007. Besides teaching, dancing is her passion in life, and she has performed in various community theaters and choreographed for children’s musical theater in the Bay Area. She enjoys taking dance classes, traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with her family, especially her son Ezra. Ms. Ronquillo joined the Black Pine Circle School faculty in 2000.

Teaching Since

1996

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Why I Work with Children

Children give me so much joy and I live for the moments when I see understanding of new concepts envelop them. That is where my fulfillment lies.

A Favorite Book

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It is such a sweet story that teaches us the lesson of selflessness and unconditional love.

Quick Fact

Mad for dancing

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