Meet the Faculty

Our Faculty

Caulbridge School recognizes the pressing need to build a strong foundation that naturally supports child development and learning. We work balance a child’s sensory-motor, social-emotional and academic development, as skipping over any of these distinct areas will have consequences as your child moves through his/her school years.

Our faculty team has extensive training and expertise in:

  • Neuroscience and Neurobiology of How Children Learn
  • Healthy Child Development
  • Sensory Motor and Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Learning Styles and Differences
  • Academic Assessment and Remediation
  • Developmental Movement
  • Environmental Sciences and Nature-Based Education
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Mindfulness Practices

Meet our Faculty team for the 2022-23 School Year

Regan Nadelberg, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Nadelberg holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in Education and Child Study and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, along with a Cross Cultural, Language and Academic Development Certification. She has continued her professional development with the Project Zero Classroom at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, California Early Literacy Learning Program, Visual Arts and The Project Approach at Museum of Children’s Art, and the Poetry Residency Education Project at University of San Francisco. For twelve years Regan taught Kindergarten or First Grade in a variety of public, alternative and charter school settings. She took a break to be home with her own children, then returned to the classroom in 2019. When Regan is not teaching, she enjoys the arts, reading and time in nature.

Haley Echevarria, Kindergarten Teacher, and Curriculum Specialist Grades One and Two

Ms. Echevarria holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Elementary Education from Texas A&M University, along with her English as a Second Language Supplemental Certification. Haley has taught grades 1 through 4 in public school environments, as well as served as the Cohort Lead/Historian for Mexico Global Outreach, and the Curriculum Director/Vice President of Aggies Read at Texas A&M. Ms. Echevarria has recently moved to the North Bay where she enjoys the beautiful weather, nature and the plentiful cultural offerings in the area.

Nettie Faville, Class Teacher, Grade One

Ms. Faville studied Early Childhood Education at College of Marin and has spent more than 30 years teaching preschool and kindergarten. Beyond the early childhood years, Nettie has extensive experience teaching and developing curriculum for older students that support children in academics, creative arts and social skills. Ms. Faville was the owner and program director of Kinder Nest, a private on-campus aftercare program serving 90 families with children aged kindergarten through fifth grade. As a lifelong educator, she is always contributing to the well-being of children and providing a developmentally appropriate environment that allows each child to succeed.

Madeleine Day, Class Teacher, Grade Two

Ms. Day holds two Master of Arts degrees, one in Language Education and one in Elementary Curriculum from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature with a Minor in Dance and Global Studies from University of Iowa, along with a CIEE Academic Year in Seville Liberal Arts program at Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. She served as Project Administrator for a Fulbright Education Partnership Grant between Indiana University and Afghan Education University; has been an Education Consultant for Quality Improvement for a Tech-Know-Build Project in Indiana, as well as the Center for Quality Improvement where she wrote abstracts on seminal articles to develop a Best Practice System for Literacy Development. In Santa Domino, Dominican Republic, Madeleine designed and implemented an ESL curriculum for young Dominican major league baseball prospects. Since 1997 Ms. Day has taught elementary grades in private and public school settings in the US and abroad. Madeleine enjoys nature, dance, yoga, and travel with her family.

Catherine Cresalia, Class Teacher, Grade Three

Catherine Cresalia holds a degree from California Polytechnic State University where she majored in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration and raced in the 2010 Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals for Cal Poly! Ms. Cresalia has studied Universal Design for Learning methodology and the Making Math Real curriculum, has worked as a baker, crab boat deckhand and operations officer for food and environmental non-profits before coming to teaching. Catherine is a nature enthusiast, loves to cook and bake, is currently writing a book for highly sensitive children and is learning to play the mandolin.

Rod Septka, Class Teacher, Grade Four

Mr. Septka holds a Bachelor of Arts, Theater Arts from Moorhead State University, a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University, Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing from Mills College, a California Preliminary Administration Credential, and Certificate of Global Competence from Teachers College Columbia University. He was Marin County Teacher of the Year in 2004 and was appointed by Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Education to the Advisory Board of California Global Education Project. Rod has been a public and private school classroom teacher, literacy coach, global education coordinator/coach, school district education leader, and Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultant at University of California, Berkeley.

Jessica Becker, Class Teacher, Grade Five

Ms. Becker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and a Master of Arts degree in both Teaching, and Library and Information Sciences. She holds a single subject credential in Biology, and Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development. Jessica presented at The Future of Media in Children’s Education at Stanford, has worked as middle school librarian and STEM technology teacher in elementary and middle school grades. She has been a Middle School Science teacher, as well as curriculum design inclusive of all learners. Jessica enjoys gardening, travel, time in nature, art projects, playing board games and building Legos with her children.

Arielle Laub, Gardening Teacher

Ms. Laub holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literacy Studies with a Creative Writing Emphasis, along with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming from the University of Vermont Farmer Program. Arielle has worked as an elementary school reading and writing teacher, a tutor for students elementary through high school with special learning needs and a communications manager for a theatre group before coming to her love of farming and gardening. She is experienced with diversified vegetable farming, organic soil fertility management, soil testing and crop rotation, composting, native planting, greenhouse management and CSA management. Ari has taught garden to table cooking programs and gardening in several residential and school programs. When not teaching, Ari can be found digging in the dirt!

Bridgette Turner, Handwork Teacher

Bridgette Turner, Handwork Teacher Ms. Turner is a professional weaver with over ten years experience in fiber processing, the fleece to garment cycle, growing and using dye plants and many forms of handcraft. Bridgette started her own fashion brand that creates 100% handwoven and handmade apparel from upcycled natural fibers. Bridgette has worked as a site manager of a farming operation in Oregon, and as personal support worker assisting children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Bridgette enjoys cooking, hiking and all things fiber.

Music Teacher, Chorus and Orchestra Director – to be announced soon

Jeni Harrison, Movement / PE Teacher, Aftercare & Sports Director

Ms. Harrison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University, graduating with honors: Cum Laude. Jeni has taught elementary and middle school PE, as well as led camps and coached youth and adult sports teams. She has served as Head Coach of community youth soccer, Regional Team Leader for the U.S. Youth Soccer-Olympic Development Program, State Team Administrator for the Cal North-Olympic Development Program, and coached Marin Woman’s Soccer League and Golden Gate Women’s Soccer League.

Alan Gulick, Movement / PE Teacher, Track and Field / Cross Country Coach

Mr. Gulick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Physical Education) from Sonoma State University, and CBEST Certified California Basic Education Skills Test (Math, English, and Writing), along with a California Youth Soccer Organization National ‘D’ Coaching Certificate, a ITTF Level 1 Certified Coach with the International Table Tennis Federation. Alan has taught PE in grades K-5, facilitated Ropes Course, and coached K-12 soccer, badminton, and table tennis. In addition to coaching and teaching, he has USATT Master Level Rating and worked as a Professional ping pong player putting on exhibition matches, tournaments and for kids or corporate events. Alan lives with his family in a rural setting where he built their home and among the latest sports he enjoys are fishing and dirt bikes.

Lucas Degiulio, Ceramics and Fine Arts Teacher, and Wilderness Day Teacher

Mr. Degiulio holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Lucas has taught art, environmental sciences, games/movement for children in Kindergarten through Middle School. He has served as a travel guide and lead expeditions to national parks, historical sites, organic farms and natural landmarks through the country. In addition to teaching studio art, Mr. Degiulio is an accomplished artist himself, winning the Headlands Center for the Arts 2017-18 Tournesol Award which recognizes one local painter each year in the Bay Area. Lucas enjoys backpacking, hiking, nature, and the arts.

Stephanie Romano, Middle School Science Teacher

Ms. Romano holds a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University with a double major in Geology, Earth Sciences and Physics. Stephanie is also a certified Wilderness First Responder, Restorative Justice Facilitator, certified Yoga Teacher and Naturalist ll. She has brought the Next Generation Science Standards to outdoor education, while facilitating community building with students. Ms. Romano has taught all grades, K through 12 in various nature and classroom settings. Stephanie enjoys cooking, nature, music and long solo hikes.

Alyssa Chong, Middle School Physics and Chemistry Teacher

Ms. Chong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame and has taught all subjects K-8th grade as well as led study groups and tutored College Physics, Physics 101/102 and Modern Physics. Alyssa was the Founder, Director of Operations and Engineer for Software company. She has won several awards: Elevate Ventures Nexus Pitch Competition at Regional and State levels, TechPoint Mira Awards 2020, Innovation of the Year, and Grand Prize of McCloskey New Ventures, Marshall County Prize for Greatest Social Impact. Ms. Chong has been an active volleyball player, computer programmer and researcher. Returning to the north bay, Alyssa looks forward to exploring the rich science and nature of the area.

Denise Bonin, Middle School Math Teacher

Ms. Bonin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from New York University and Master of Science degree in Leadership from Bank Street College of Education in New York. She taught Math, English, Algebra, Study Skills and been a Resource Teacher across the elementary grades, middle school and through high school. Denise has successfully developed and directed a high school summer institute at Middlesex Community College as well as created numerous math and English tutoring and academic coaching programs and SSAT and SAT math prep classes. Denise is fluent in French and Spanish and has enjoyed teaching and living abroad, where she taught math and English in Paris. She also enjoys dance, event planning and is a master organizer!

Elise DeFazio, Middle School Humanities Teacher / Language Arts Teacher

Ms. DeFazio holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Environmental Development She has been a Humanities Teacher, Nature Educator and worked with visiting student groups in artistic workshops at the Museo d’Arte Moderna, in Bologna, Italy. While in Italy, Elise has produced a documentary on immigration in Europe for a Video Production and Human Rights program. She also explored history through film, working as an archivist to compile and edit old film reels. Elise enjoys the arts, nature, farming and gardening.

Reily Urban, School Librarian

Ms. Urban holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and worked in communications, marketing, and event production in the business world before coming to education through children’s literature nearly 10 years ago.  First producing book fairs for her daughters’ elementary school as a volunteer, and then professionally producing book fairs for Book Passage, Reily discovered her passion for teaching young students about the world by sharing and reading books together.  While working as a public school librarian, Reily revitalized a 12,000+ book collection by bringing in leveled nonfiction series, quality fiction, and biographies galore.  Her specialty is finding the right book to hook those reluctant readers!  When not reading, Reily enjoys British mysteries on PBS and playing board games with her family.

Dawn Aotani, Assistant Librarian

Ms. Aotani holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, has received the Mary Laughlin Beardmore Award and studied graphic design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Dawn worked in the admissions office at a private school, and as a senior producer responsible for media, corporate presentations, new technology, content programs and advertising. She researched and wrote scripts, oversaw graphics, sound design, post-production and editorial work. Ms. Aotani has spent countless hours volunteering in children’s libraries and theater as well as assisting teachers in classrooms.

Derek Rubinstein, Psy.D., School Psychologist

Bringing over 16 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 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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