Visual Arts & Language

Candida Silva

silvaCandida Silva teaches Spanish and French at BIS. Ms. Silva says languages come easily to her, as she grew up bilingual in Brazil. Equipped with a BA in Spanish and minor in French, Ms. Silva hopes to impart what she believes is an essential skill for world citizenship, the knowledge of other languages and cultures. This is especially true in California, where Spanish and related culture is literally all around us. Ms. Silva has been teaching at BIS since 1999. She has also worked as an aide to Richmond High School’s Bilingual Program and as a middle school teacher in Oakland. Ms. Silva also teaches PE and Work Experience, and is active in the garden.


Amy Allen

Amy Allen has been teaching in Bay Area schools for nearly ten years, working with a range of students with special behavioral, academic, and language-acquisition needs. She is a teacher and artist interested in project-based learning and educational research, advocacy, and policy. She studied Art and Sociology at UCSC, completed her teaching credential at SFSU, and her M.A. in Education with a focus in Art Education and Equity and Social Justice at SFSU. In her free time she embroiders and collects scientific illustration books from the 1970’s.