Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.
Rachel Lambrecht, Lead Teacher, Kindergarten / Grade One
Ms. Rachel completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Women and Gender studies from the University of Redlands and her Master’s Degree in Humanities at Dominican University of California where her culminating project was the development of curriculum for adolescent girls coming of age. Rachel has been a Grades 1 and 2 class teacher and taught Music, Art and Spanish for Grades 1 through 6. She also leads our Girls Time, a class for middle school girls. Ms. Rachel is a birth doula and certified yoga teacher. She led youth summer camps for many years, worked as a substitute teacher at a local K-8 private school, has been an assistant teacher in retreats for adolescent girls, volunteers in the youth program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has completed the Mindfulness Educator training course. She enjoys travel, yoga, camping and rock climbing.
Brittany Nielsen, Environmental Science PE / Movement Teacher
Ms. Nielsen holds a degree in Exercise Biology from UC Davis where she combined her interest in science, nature and how the body learns. Over the summer Ms. Nielsen taught natural history and ecosystems to youth at the Teton Science School in Wyoming. Brittany tutors high school student in SAT prep, calculus, chemistry and Spanish. Ms. Nielsen received an Outstanding Performance Award from Markers of Autism Risk in Babies (MARBLES) in Davis, and interned in the Occupational Therapy department at UC Davis Medical Center. She has coached youth basketball and for the past six years has been Camp Supervisor and Director at Marinwood Community Center. Brittany is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, and her volunteer work has included the Special Olympics, Teton Adaptive Sports, and the Nicaragua Service Club. She enjoys hiking, reading, traveling and absolutely anything outdoors.
Nori Rupp, Assistant Teacher
Ms. Rupp has a degree in Communications and Cultural Organizations from her VJRKTF College in Hungary where she grew up. Nori worked as an Au Pair and child care provider, as well as held various administrative roles. After being home with her two young children, she is excited about returning to the classroom. Nori enjoys crafts and artistic projects, and traveling with her family.
Nic Moss, Wilderness Day Teacher
An experienced wilderness guide and certified tracker, Mr. Nic teaches animal tracking, primitive skills, plant identification, fire building, knife safety, and wilderness crafts. He has spent the past two years studying in the Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness program which emphasizes strong connection to place, people and self. Mr. Nic is the perfect guide for our students as they spend the entire day each month exploring the natural world, learning new skills, having fun and gaining confidence in their abilities.
Derek Rubinstein, Psy.D., School Psychologist
Bringing over 10 years of education and training in the mental health field, Dr. Rubinstein has been dedicated to learning the most effective approaches for helping children, adolescents, and families get the support they need to overcome challenges and thrive. Dr. Rubinstein received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, a holistic practice-focused program that combines the latest scientific research with the world’s great wisdom traditions. He has worked as an autism clinician and researcher, a therapist at San Rafael High School, and has provided therapy and psycho-educational assessments at three community mental health clinics in San Francisco. Dr. Rubinstein has also published research on the development and implementation of school-based social clubs for kids on the autism spectrum, animal-assisted group therapy for adults, and his doctoral thesis was on the benefits of learning and practicing mindfulness for adolescents. Outside his role as a psychologist, Dr. Rubinstein has worked as a youth mentor, camp counselor, and for the past four years has been an active volunteer in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s family program. He also enjoys photography and being in the great outdoors rock climbing, camping, hiking, and skiing.
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