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 because to skip over any of these distinct areas will have consequences as your child moves through their school years.
Our faculty team has extensive training and expertise in:
Rachel Rubinstein, Lead Teacher, Director of Curriculum
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 TK/Kindergarten teacher, Grades One and Two class teacher and taught Music, Art and Spanish for Grades One through Six. She also leads Girls Time, a class for middle school girls. Rachel has completed extensive professional development training in Making Math Real, SIPPS Language Arts, Being a Reader, Being a Writer, Curriculum Development and Student Assessments, and is a trained Mindfulness Educator. Ms. Rachel is a birth doula and certified yoga teacher who led youth summer camps for many years, has been an assistant teacher in retreats for adolescent girls, and volunteers in the youth program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She enjoys travel, yoga, camping and rock climbing.
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.
Nancy Morita, Class Teacher
Ms. Morita holds a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, Subject Matter Authorization: Introductory Science, and a Highly Qualified Teacher Certification. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Sonoma State University in both, Environmental Studies and Planning and Media Studies where she graduated Cum Laude and with Distinction. With over a dozen years of teaching, Ms. Morita has experience in private and public school classroom settings as well as one-on-one support for students with special needs. Ms. Morita is a Certified California Naturalist through UC Berkeley and has extensive professional development training in academic, social-emotional and communication supports for students. Nancy’s award-winning poster, The Ecology and Natural History of San Francisco: Wild in the City, is a teacher education resource at the California Academy of Science and Exploratorium exhibits, and was displayed in the Clinton era White House Office of Environmental Policy. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked in the motion picture industry from Sesame Street animation The Adventures of Thelma Thumb to special effects and live action Ghostbusters, Dreams, and many other films.
Laura Hamblett, Class Teacher, Grade One for 2019-20 school year
Ms. Hamblett holds a K-12 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Dominican University, and Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in both Spanish and History with an emphasis in Latin American Studies. Laura has taught in preschool, kindergarten and the elementary grades for about 15 years, along with serving as an aid for students with learning challenges and special needs within an inclusive classroom. Ms. Hamblett was nominated by the parent community at Reed School District for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Education Award, citing her exceptional classroom demeanor and relationship to the students. Laura and her family live in a rural setting where they enjoy 16 pets, including fish, dogs, cats, and the word is they are adopting more!
Catie Clune, Wilderness Day Teacher
An experienced naturalist, Ms. Clune has designed and taught the US California Naturalist Certification, conducted teacher training on integrating Next Generation Science Standards with outdoor education, served as the education and outreach specialist at the Turtle Island Restoration Network, and led the launch of the 10,000 Redwood Project, an education program growing redwoods in schools. A Marin County native, Catie holds a Master’s Degree in Science Education, and completed the IslandWood Graduate Residency Program in Education, Environment and Community. On Wilderness Days, Ms. Clune teaches animal tracking, primitive skills, plant identification, habitats restoration, fire building, knife safety, and wilderness crafts. Catie 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. She enjoys everything nature and loves to see children light up with joy as they learn and explore in nature.
Movement / Games / PE Teacher
Bio Coming Soon
Derek Rubinstein, Psy.D., School Psychologist
Bringing over 12 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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