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5th Grade Room 17

Ms. Carrie Blake


Phone: 510-657-7080 Ext. 24017


Degrees and Certifications:

BA Ethnic Studies
MS Multicultural Education
CA CLAD Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
GLAD Certification
PhD Health Psychology (in progress)

Welcome to Durham Elementary School and 5th Grade! I have been a classroom teacher for over 24 years, and a teacher at Durham for 20+ years. I have taught K, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. I am a 5th generation California native, and have lived in the Bay Area my whole life. I have two amazing children, a junior in high school and a college freshman. I love being outdoors, traveling, chai, quotes, music, and tattoos. I am passionate about learning how nature can inspire learning,how experiencing trauma affects learning, and how to support students who struggle. 

30 years from now, it won't matter what shoes you wore, how your hair looked, or the jeans you bought. What WILL matter is what you learned and how you used it.

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. - Artistotle

When one teaches, two learn. 

If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. 

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.