Interim Head of Lower School
Tanveer Alibhai has been appointed interim head of lower school for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Ms. Alibhai has worked in the field of education for over 21 years in a wide variety of roles, including school administrator, teacher, parent educator, and consultant. She received her B.Ed. from McGill University, Montreal, her M.Ed. from Notre Dame De Namur, Belmont, CA, and her B.S. Elementary Educator Credential from McGill University. She is currently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate Program: Pedagogical Coordination in the Reggio Emilia Approach with Webster University, St.Louis, MO. Ms. Alibhai spent five years as head of lower school, head of early childhood education, and director of extended day at the Seven Hills School in Walnut Creek. Prior to Seven Hills, she served as head of lower school at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland. Most recently she has worked as an educational consultant in both the USA and overseas, focusing on teacher leadership coaching, professional development, parent education, and K-8 distance learning platforms. Locally, Prospect Sierra School, Bentley School, Marin Preparatory School, and Presidio Hill School are among the schools she has consulted for. Ms. Alibhai has served on the boards of several institutions, including the Pact, an Adoption Alliance and Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI) since 2010. Born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Canada, Ms. Alibhai (or “Ms. A” as students call her) resides in the East Bay with her family, including her son, Julian Rumi, and her daughter, Nahla Sofie. In addition to being a mother, she is driven by her passionate engagement with diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as her pursuit for social justice. In her personal time, Ms. Alibhai enjoys reading, gardening, biking, traveling internationally, and spending time with her family. She is thrilled to be joining the Black Pine Circle School community.
Why I Work with Children
There is so much joy I get when working with children and building relationships with them. I often learn more from conversations with children about how the world works; whether it is some philosophical statement or deep curiosity.
A Favorite Book
Welcome Home Jellybean. It is a story of a family that brings home their mentally challenged daughter and the impact this has on their other child. As a sibling of an adult with mental health challenges, this book resonated with me as.