English & History

Christina Balch

img_3106Christina Balch has been teaching at BIS since 2000. A graduate of Berkeley High, Ms. Balch has also worked at B-Tech and BHS. Her credentials include a BA in Women’s Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Teaching Credential in English from John F. Kennedy University. At BIS, she has taught Home & Hospital students, mentored teachers through BTSA, crafted BIS catalog descriptions, and served as the BIS Union Representative for four years. She loves helping students understand new ideas that change the way they see themselves and their world.


Gerard Jamin


Gerry Jamin teaches history at BIS. Mr. Jamin has been teaching at BIS since ’09, instructing both the US and World History classes. Mr. Jamin has a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in World History from SF State. He enjoys learning about how others have changed the world, especially for the better, and shares this experience with his students in class. Mr. Jamin has been the BFT site representative at BIS. Outside of his job, he also enjoys big cities, and finds joy backpacking in the middle of nowhere.



Becky Gross

IMG_0492Becky Gross has been teaching English at BIS since 2001. She also has experience teaching at private schools, King Middle School and Berkeley High. Ms. Gross received her BA from Grinnell College in Iowa and her Teaching Credential from the Bay Area Writing Project at UC Berkeley. Ms. Gross’s connection to Berkeley schools goes back as far as her own education where she was part of the first kindergarten class in the nation to try voluntary desegregation.


Lee Painter

painer-2-1A writer at heart, Lee Painter enjoys teaching English. Mr. Painter began teaching in ‘94 after graduating with degrees in Literature and Philosophy. He has attended four other institutions of higher learning since that time. Mr. Painter loves to read and write. He tries to encourage his students to see literature in new and unexpected ways. He has taught every kind of English class in seven different schools from Remedial Reading to electives such as Poetry and Genres of Literature.


Anna Martinez

Anna Martinez teaches Social Studies and Home & Hospital Instruction.