Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.
Rachel Rubinstein, Lead Teacher, Kindergarten / TK, 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 1 and 2 class teacher and taught Music, Art and Spanish for Grades 1 through 6. She also leads 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, 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.
Angel Rhoades, Ph.D., Lead Teacher, Grade One / Two
Ms. Rhoades holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in holistic Life Counseling and a Doctorate degree in Orthomolecular Medicine focusing on Neuro-psychology where she researched the correlation between the neuro-biology of children and their behaviors and ability to learn. Angel has taught Kindergarten and all elementary Grades in a variety of private and public school settings throughout California and the Middle East. A Marin County native, Angel enjoys swimming, gardening, nutrition, theatre, hiking and time in nature.
Movement / Games / PE Teacher
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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.
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.
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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