Fourth Grade Teaching Assistant
Sam Pashall is the fourth grade teaching assistant. Mr. Pashall, comes to Black Pine Circle from Prospect Sierra Lower School with four years experience in outdoor education. Sam graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA in 2011, majoring in sociology and international/intercultural studies. Over the past decade, Sam has taught HIV-education abroad in Tanzania, and English in Indonesia, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador. Sam is in his final year of a master’s in education program with the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI). Sam hails from Boston, MA, and loves to spend his free time traveling, backpacking, cheering on Oakland and Boston sports teams, and falling over in yoga. He is thrilled to be joining the Black Pine Circle School community this year.
Why I Work with Children
Working with kids reminds me to maintain levity in life. I see children as the greatest hope for turning our cultural ship back in a more balanced, sustainable, and healthy direction.
A Favorite Book
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv is one of my favorite books because it offers clear scientific backing for the notion that “green time” is healthy for growing humans.