Tanveer Alibhai

Head of Lower School

Tanveer 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. In addition, Tanveer recently completed her Graduate Certificate Program: Pedagogical Coordination in the Reggio Emilia Approach with Webster University, St.Louis, MO. Tanveer began her teaching career in 2000, teaching in elementary schools in Canada and the United States. She spent six 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, Tanveer has worked as an educational consultant in both the U.S. 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. Tanveer has served on the boards of several institutions, including People of Color in Independent Schools, Pact, an Adoption Alliance, and Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI) since 2010. Born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Canada, Tanveer 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 have joined the Black Pine Circle School community in 2020.




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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.

Quick Fact

Wadi Rum is my version of paradise

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