James D Brown – Director
What a blessing it is to be here at REACH School, serving this wonderful community of students, teachers, and parents. I have been fortunate to be part of many remarkable and innovative organizations, with creative teams that are dedicated to imagining and realizing new possibilities in our ever changing world. I am thankful for every opportunity to serve young people in their learning and growth in becoming happy and healthy life long learners. My mission is to use my talents in ways that help everyone in our community feel supported in succeeding with their remarkable human journey.
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 and Student Support Services
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.
Francesca “Fran” Doeding – Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten
I was born and raised in West Sonoma County and attended Sonoma State University where I earned my B.A. in Liberal Studies (Hutchins School), and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I am passionate about providing young students with hands on learning experiences, and I feel so fortunate to be doing what I love on REACH’s beautiful campus. I believe in instilling students with a growth mindset, while providing social and emotional support to ensure students feel safe, and successful in the classroom. I view my role as not only facilitating students in excelling academically, but also fostering their social and emotional growth. When I’m not at school you can find me spending time with my farm animals, or camping with my husband.
Samuel “Sam” Betty – Kindergarten and 1st Grade
I graduated from Occidental College with a BA in Religious Studies and earned my teaching credential through the Cal State Teach program. I have been working with children for nearly ten years as a piano teacher and coach and am passionate about reading, music, project based learning and having FUN! I strive to facilitate an engaging and explorative learning environment that builds students up socially and emotionally while teaching them the academics. When I’m not in the classroom you can find me on the basketball court or rocking out on my piano, drums and guitars.
Cyndi Chapman – 2nd 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 – 3rd Grade
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.
Abi Levin – 4th Grade
Hello REACH families! My name is Abi Levin, Mrs. Levin. I am the new 4th grade teacher this year. I taught 4th grade at Hidden Valley Elementary School, in Santa Rosa, last year. I attended Sonoma State University where I earned my B.A. in Liberal Studies through the Hutchins School, and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I was raised in Santa Rosa and moved to Sebastopol about 5 years ago. I have over ten years of experience working with children. I worked for Americorps, as an afterschool literacy teacher, worked with one-on-one tutoring, and taught pre-k. I believe in teaching the whole child through curiosity inside and outside the classroom environment, social emotional awareness, and positive mindset. As a teacher, I strive to create a classroom environment where students pursue their passions and curiosity about the world.
I look forward to meeting all of you and creating a wonderful 4th grade year!
Carrie Corrigan – 5th Grade
I have been an elementary teacher for my entire career, which has taken me from the East Coast to California, and eight years of international teaching. I graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Elementary Education. I moved to the Bay Area and fell in love with the the Northern California lifestyle. Eventually, I realized a lifelong dream of teaching in other countries and spent several years each in Syria, Honduras, and India before moving to Santa Rosa. As a teacher, I have always been most excited by and committed to teaching students to be in control of their own learning. Being at Reach School is a perfect fit for me, as the philosophy here is to enable and empower students to take charge of their social, emotional, and academic growth. Learning by doing is what project based learning is all about, and I look forward to developing a range of projects with students.
Sue Green – 6th – 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 – 8th Grades, Math
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, Special Education 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.
Alex Moore, Student Support
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
I am a Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapeutic Educator. I have a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and am an accomplished facilitator who draws upon a diverse background in youth leadership, behavior intervention, integrative psychology, education, and deep ecology. I have worked with youth in various therapeutic and educational capacities for over 22 years and have worked with REACH since 2015. I provide educational enrichment and therapeutic support for students using multi-modal arts. Deeply rooted in social-emotional development, the expressive arts program at Reach embodies Project-Based Learning and Teaching for Artist Behaviors. In 2012, I was recognized as the Outstanding Environmental Education Program/Educator Award for special innovation and insight in teaching students about the environment by the California State Legislature, Sonoma County Conservation Council & Sierra Club Sonoma. My work has also received Special Congressional Recognition by the U.S. House of Representatives and I was nominated by the Red Cross as a Real Hero in the Environment.
Myriah Volk – Physical Education
I am a Sonoma County native & life long lover of physical activity! I grew up playing year round competitive sports which led me to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where I earned a basketball scholarship & studied Speech Communication.
I was inducted into the Healdsburg High School Hall of Fame in 2013 for excellence in Athletics & Service to Community
I have been teaching PE at REACH since 2011 and have developed a strong bond with the students and community. Creating a fun & positive atmosphere where students feel safe & free to move their bodies is my daily goal at REACH.
When I am not at REACH I am raising my 2 awesome sons & running my non-profit organization, Shoes 4 Kidz for which I received 2016 Service to Youth Award from the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce & was an American Red Cross 2016 ‘Hero in Education’ finalist for my work with Sonoma County Youth.
I am looking forward to an outstanding 2108-2019 school year!
Amy Contardi – Spanish, Grades 4-8
¡Hola a todos/todas!
I grew up in Los Angeles in a diverse, multicultural and multilingual setting. My degree in Bilingual Education from UC Santa Cruz has given me the opportunity to teach both Spanish and English for over 30 years. Art, music, and storytelling are incorporated into my lesson plans that of course include Spanish grammar and vocabulary. These creative lesson plans reflect my commitment to high quality education to both children and adults from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. On the weekends I host and produce three bilingual radio programs on KBBF and KRCB.
Dana Jensen – Support Staff
Ruth Hansen – Support Staff
Angela Fuurgeson – Support Staff
Scotty Santina – Support Staff
Sean Loundagin, Campus Maintenance