Tess Leverenz


Tess Leverenz

Third Grade Head Teacher

Tess Leverenz is a certified Responsive Classroom educator, as well as a part-time consulting teacher for the Center for Responsive Schools. After studying childhood education and Spanish in college, Tess moved to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where she taught English as a North American Culture and Language Assistant. In 2016, she received her master’s degree in dual language education and students with disabilities from Bank Street College in New York City, her hometown. Tess worked at The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn for two years before moving to Buffalo, NY to be closer to her husband’s family. While in Buffalo, Tess became a founding teacher at Elmwood Village Charter School, where she taught second grade for five years. She and her husband moved to Oakland this spring and it already feels like home. A few of Tess’s passions are biking, teaching yoga, cooking, traveling, seeing live music, and singing with her husband Eric. Tess is very excited to join the BPC community this year as the new third grade head teacher.

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Why I Work with Children

I feel honored to spend time with, teach, and learn from these creative and curious sparks of energy as they grow toward becoming kind and compassionate adults.

A Favorite Book

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Quick Fact

Took three and a half months to bike across the country with my husband

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Aïda Garcia-Pons

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Aïda attended the same elementary school as opera tenor Josep Carreras.

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Dina Weinshelbaum

First-Third Grade Cello Teacher

Toured with the Western Opera Theater for eight years

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Kim Livingston

Lower School Art Teacher

Started clowning at age 9

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Michael Feferman

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Has developed a secret pizza sauce

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Nicole Lockwood

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Apprenticed at the National Theater of Croatia

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Owen Roberts

Kindergarten-Third Grade Music Teacher

Was a college volleyball coach

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Rachel Durling

Rachel Durling

First-Third Grade Violin Teacher

Played at the Grammys

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Rem Djemilev

BPC String Orchestra Leader

Creates musical arrangements for fun

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Romina Ronquillo

Second Grade Head Teacher, Lower School Assistant Teacher Coordinator

Mad for dancing

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Simon Gaughan

Simon Gaughan

Third Grade Assistant Teacher

Trying to re-learn Spanish

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