Rowan Varela is very excited to join the PBA team in 2022! He is a graduate of the political science program at UC Santa Cruz, and prior to PBA, he taught Humanities at Big Minds Unschool in Pinole and high school English at Dublin High School. When he isn’t teaching, he volunteers as the Head Coordinator of the Alternative Music Foundation at 924 Gilman Street, a music and arts community space in Berkeley where Rowan runs concerts, communicates with bands, and coordinates volunteers. Rowan has a 2 year-old dog named Franky and a lovely partner named Mateo, who is also a teacher. He’s lived in Oakland for the last two years and loves tending his garden, reading, and baking, and he has fond memories of singing in a choir in middle and high school.