Visual Arts & Language

Holly Nelson

holly_headshotHolly Nelson “Maestra Holly” is the  new Spanish teacher at BIS. With a degree in Environmental Education from USCS, and an M.A. in English (TESOL) from Cal State East Bay, Holly has 19 years of experience teaching a wide range of subjects in small alternative high schools. Holly’s passion for languages stems from her extensive travels in Latin America and love of Latin dance and culture. Holly volunteers with Global Glimpse and has led 3 service learning trips to Latin America. Holly has created multiple service learning programs to help students get involved with community issues such as combatting homelessness and protecting oceans and waterways. She loves working with teenagers and families to help young people find their passions and get more involved in their communities.


Anna Branning

Anna Branning currently teaches art at BIS.