Pilar Beccar-Varela

Pilar Beccar-Varela

Program Associate

Pilar is a National Board certified teacher with expertise in literacy development in the elementary grades. She brings to her work a passion for thinking together with teachers about their practice and about student learning. She facilitates the teacher inquiry group at Verde Elementary in West Contra Costa County Unified as well as the Oakland Unified Teachers of Newcomers. She also leads Mills Teacher Scholars’ support program for teachers pursuing their National Board certification. Pilar was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Oakland, CA. From 1998 to 2004 she taught first grade and Kindergarten in Hayward Unified. During her time there, she became part of a cohort of teachers interested in literacy learning as well as project based, arts-rich curricula and how such curricula helps to develop oral language and cognitive growth. Her group received a two-year grant from the Spencer Foundation to conduct classroom research in these areas. Pilar received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State Hayward, followed by her certification with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as an Early Childhood Generalist. After her time with Hayward Unified, Pilar taught in the UC Berkeley Developmental Teacher Education program, wrote literacy curriculum for the Developmental Studies Center in Oakland, and eventually joined the staff of Escuela Bilingue Internacional as the K-5 language arts coordinator. She received her MA in Education from Stanford University where she focused on inquiry-based models for teacher professional development.