Ms. Birkenbeuel, also known as Ms. B., is so excited to be joining Equitas Academy #3 to teach kindergarten this year! She was drawn to teaching at Equitas because of their strong core values of creating lifelong learners who will go to and through college as four-year graduates. Ms. B. is dedicated to her scholars by instilling a lifelong love for learning. Ms. B. went to Whitman College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and is currently working toward her Master’s in Education at Claremont Graduate University. Born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area, her varied experiences working with scholars have included being a camp counselor, after school counselor, summer school elementary teacher, and middle/high school teacher for two years. While student teaching in a kinder/first grade classroom, she realized her true calling is teaching Kindergarten. Teaching has always been her dream, and her main goal is to foster a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for her scholars. Ms. B. loves spending time outside of the classroom hiking, backpacking, reading, cooking, doing ceramics, and spending time with her friends and family. Ms. B. can’t wait to meet her new scholars and their families at Equitas Academy #3 and begin journey of learning!