Torin Coffino

Fifth Grade Head Teacher

Torin Coffino was born and raised in San Francisco’s Richmond District. After high school he went to Santa Barbara City College to play basketball, eventually graduating in 2010 from Cal-State Monterey with a B.A. in human communication and a concentration in ethnic studies. He attended SFSU’s ethnic studies master’s program, completing all his coursework, and his thesis is still in progress. In 2017, Torin joined Brandeis San Francisco as a resident fourth grade teacher and high school basketball coach. From 2015-2019, he coached the JV boys teams at both Gateway and Lick-Wilmerding. In the fall of 2019, Torin accepted the Varsity boys coaching position at his alma mater, Drew School. Torin also coaches AAU in the off-season with the Bay City Basketball program. Between coaching and teaching, personal time is hard to come by, but he enjoys live music, serving friends and loved ones hot chicken, and is a collector of tattoos. Torin joined the BPC faculty in 2020.

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Why I Work with Children

Children are the greatest teachers on earth, and having a job where I get to engage in deep discussions with them is something that I cherish.

A Favorite Book

My favorite fiction book has got to be Animal Farm for its revolutionary spirit.

Quick Fact

Played Gaelic Football as a youth, and won a Minors championship in Ireland

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

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Mad for AR, VR, improv and chickens

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Started clowning at age 9

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Has developed a secret pizza sauce

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Creates musical arrangements for fun

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Once ate deep-fried silkworms

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