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.
Scotty Santina – 5th Grade
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.
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.