Cheryl Townsend - Director
What a gift to be continuing my career in k-12 administration with an amazing team in such a beautiful place. I have many years experience and a strong commitment to developing Project Based Learning education programs in public charter school. This is what makes REACH the perfect fit for me! I come to REACH as a former homeschooling mom with 20 years experience in charter school education, the last 11 of those years as a principal and then school director. I have a BA in Liberal Studies from Mills College and an M.Ed. in Education Administration from University of Southern Oregon. I am happiest when I’m outside, with friends, with animals or in the kitchen whipping up something yummy.
Julie Heinsen - Office Manager
As one of the original founders of the REACH school, I've been participating in the REACH community since we established the Charter more than 7 years ago. I love working with REACH kids and - it's always a fresh, fun,and real experience being part of the community we've created. I touch a lot of aspects of school life, but my main job is just keeping the 'nuts and bolts' of the school running smoothly. My previous life was in Architecture, and I love all aspects of design. I've lived most of my life in the Bay Area and enjoy everything that brings - hiking, yoga, camping, and other fun outdoor stuff.
Lark Blair - Attendance Clerk
As the Attendance Clerk, I oversee enrollment and admissions at REACH and coordinate many student (and parent) activities and events. I'm a 'wearer of many hats' at the school, and enjoy the connections and social aspects that role brings. I've been in the REACH community for 6 years and counting. I grew up in the Caribbean, on the island of St Croix. You could say the sea is in my blood. My Dad was a boat designer and I grew up sailing, love to paddle board, and body surf. I have six great kids.
Cyndi Chapman - Kindergarten and First Grade
I have a BA from San Diego State University and a teaching credential from Sonoma State. I have been working in the education system since 2001. I have experience working with K-8 students and a lot of experience working with hands on, project based, inquiry learning. I encourage my students to think outside the box and to respectfully communicate their questions about the world around them. Social emotional learning is a big part of my classroom curriculum, as well as parent participation. I love for parents to come and help in the classroom supporting the teacher or even teaching their own special skills to the students.
Kristi McCullough - 2nd and 3rd Grades
I have extensive experience working with children in Sonoma County. I am passionate about providing opportunities for students to discover the natural world through programs such as the Landpaths IOOBY program and field trips to local open spaces and regional parks. These trips integrate into our curriculum and these enriching experiences help feed the students' desire to learn. It is important to me that I create projects that empower students to lead, communicate, follow rubrics, collaborate with others and follow through to the presentation stage. The social-emotional learning process is integrated throughout my curriculum and it is essential to my approach. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and a Multiple Subject, K-8 Credential, with an Early Childhood Education emphasis on the K-3rd grades. When I am not teaching you can find me trail running, horseback riding or spending time with my family exploring beautiful Sonoma County.
Cydney Miller, 4th and 5th Grades
I have been living in Sonoma County for over 30 years and I am married with two grown daughters. Teaching is my second career. I have been teaching at charter schools with an emphasis on Project Based Learning for over 14 years. Before I became a teacher, I was an environmental geologist working on soil and groundwater remediation in the Bay Area. Although I enjoy teaching in all academic areas, I especially bring my love of math and science into the classroom, which is a major part of why I became a teacher young children. Also, I’m trained in positive discipline and believe in empowering students to problem solve in a kind and respectful manner.
Sue Green - 6th to 8th Grades, Language Arts & Social Studies
I am graduate of U.C. Davis with a degree in History and received my Multiple Subject credential from Sonoma State 19 years ago. It was volunteering in my son’s Kindergarten classroom that made it clear to me that I wanted to teach! I passionately believe in the power of collaboration and in the unique intelligence of every child. During my career I have taught in multi-age programs, worked as a Reading Specialist (K-8), Intervention Specialist, and a classroom teacher. In addition, I have a passion for social justice and I enjoy volunteering. I am most proud of being the mother of three fabulous boys, Jake, Eric and Ben. I love spending time hanging out with my husband, my dog and my cat. I am very happy to be part of the Reach community.
Brenda Rollins, 6th to 8th Grades, Math & Science
I'm a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a teaching credential from Arizona State University. I am credentialed in math, chemistry, physical science, biology and language arts.Trained in Positive Discipline and studying the neuroscience of learning through the University of Washington gives me the the tools to encourage an intrinsic love of learning and teach young people the skills needed to excel as human beings. I love team teaching with Sue Green, it allows for maximum flexibility with curriculum and support for students. I love dynamic, hands on science as well as delivering math at each student’s developmental level. I am an empty nest mother of three, enjoy my cat, gardening, reading, cooking and dreaming up new science labs.
Abigail Evans, Student Services Coordinator
I have worked at the REACH School since early 2014; currently I teach second grade math and coordinate REACH’s Response-to-Intervention program and student support across the grades. This winter I enrolled in the North Coast School of Education’s credentialing program for my Educational Specialist degree. I am a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, magna cum laude, and the University of California at Berkeley as a Berkeley Fellow and moved to Sonoma County in 2002. I have three children at home, a variety of furry and feathered beasts, and a terribly neglected garden. I have served for several years on the board of the Sebastopol World Friends, the nonprofit organization that runs Sebastopol’s sister city programs with cities in Japan and Ukraine, and am also a passionate reader, thinker, maker and hiker.
Ariel Norman, Aftercare Coordinator
Deanne Elhert, Aftercare Staff
Aaliyah Blanchard, Aftercare Staff
Alex Moore, Enrichment Instructor
I have been teaching at reach since 2010. I guess that means I love this school! I have taught a variety of things from juggling and drama to Toolbox and kindergarten math! All three of my kids have passed through Reach at some point in their academic careers and I have been dedicated to contributing all I have to give through the years. I have my B.A. in Community Health Education and Family Life. I lived in Italy for 15 years where I started my family before I transferred the whole clan here to Sebastopol. I always bring a little Italian flair wherever I go, along with a strong sense of community and fun! I love the kids, I love the staff and I have years of parenting, performance and patience to bring to the table.
Nichole Warwick, Expressive Arts
Sherman Green, Spanish
My passion is education and I have enjoyed working as a substitute teacher in all grades K - 8 for three years. What began as curiosity about elementary education has lead me to enrolling in the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program at the University of San Francisco. I am learning about the latest developments in education from some of the best minds in the business, and I am grateful to get off to such a solid start. In addition to my current education, I bring a lot of life experience two prior careers; I have worked as a professional pilot and as a database programmer. In my spare time I enjoy reading Spanish literature, playing Flamenco guitar and surfing. I am delighted to be transitioning now to my most enjoyable and rewarding career yet.
Janet Saitone, Instructional Aide
Sean Loudagin, Campus Maintenance