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About me.

I have three passions: teaching, photography, and travel.


I taught in public high schools for 32 years. I began my teaching career as a specialist working with the visually impaired but soon was called upon to teach a required nine-week course "Social Living". It was always a challenge to pack everything from birth to death into half of a semester. My experience teaching, and that of my students in Social Living, is the subject of a documentary "Hi I'm Nancy Rubin".


I've always loved traveling, particularly the aspect of meeting new people, new cultures, and lifestyles so removed from my own. I have always loved photographing the people I meet in my travels and after retiring from teaching I took up photography more seriously. During Covid, my camera was my best friend, keeping me company while on my daily walks. I love capturing the beauty of both nature and the people I meet when walking. 


Some of my most cherished experiences have come when I am able to combine photography and travel.


My website showcases these three passions.



(2023) Invited Juror Choice Award for Aging Well for All: Celebrating the Strength and Wisdom of Women

(2023) The Sunday Paper


(2023) "Hi, I'm             " nominated for Rockie Award by BANFF World Media Festival

(2023) FOREVER FIT: Exercising for Life photos with text (in English and Spanish) LifeLong Health Center Richmond, CA

(2022) Featured in documentrary "Hi, I'm Nancy Rubin"

(2022) FOREVER FIT: Exercising for Life photos with text North Berkeley Senior Center

(2013) Launched Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area on social media 

(1994) Book published: Ask Me if I Care: Voices from an American High School

(1991) Featured in the CALIFORNIA MONTHLY (UC Alumni Magazine)

(1989) An article about my class was featured in LIFE Magazine

(1984) Interviewed by Jane Pauley on the TODAY show

Current Exhibits

Feature: Julia Montrond, 90 and still dancing

mosaicARTs Gallery

2931 Eskridge Rd STE B, Fairfax, VA 22031

When: June 24th — July 24th, 2023

Award: Invited Juror Choice Award Aging Well for All: Celebrating the Strength and Wisdom of Women

Learn more:

FOREVER FIT: Exercising for Life

North Berkeley Senior Center

1901 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Monday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center

150 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA 94801

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Faces of Fatherhood

Art Gallery at the Orinda Library

26 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563

Monday - Thursday: 1o:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Friday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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Secondary Credential UC Berkeley (1978)

MA Special Education San Francisco State University (1969)

Special Education Credential San Francisco State University (1969)

Elementary Education Credential San Francisco State University (1969)

BA UC Berkeley (1967)

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