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The Gratitude Garden Preschool

The Gratitude Garden Preschool

Where Growing Minds Thrive

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Dr. Dustine Rey

Entrepreneur. Educator. Educational Psychologist. Mom.

Over the past twenty-five years, Dr. Rey has worked in every facet of education; from teaching preschool to graduate students, to school counseling and administration, and most recently educational entrepreneurship. She attributes becoming an entrepreneur to her own search for an innovative education for her daughter.

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The Gratitude Garden

Where Growing Minds Thrive

The Gratitude Garden Preschool is a nature-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) focused school with emphasis on positive social and emotional development, artistic expression, and creativity.


TESLA Country Day

Technology . Engineering . Science . Leadership . Art

TESLA Country Day has a balanced focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), artistic expression, leadership, entrepreneurship, world languages, creativity, & emotional well-being.


Educational Research

Reinventing The Educational Experience

What does education in the 21st century look like? What do our future leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, authors, and artists need? These pages are dedicated to answering those questions.


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Dr. Rey’s Latest Blog

The Importance of Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

January 8th, 2018|

Scientific research indicates there is a very strong relationship between social-emotional learning and cognitive development and well-being. Children as young as 18 months exhibit compassion, empathy, and altruism. Some schools have programs designed to help [...]

The Importance of Coding in Early Childhood

December 8th, 2017|

Currently there is a huge demand for schools to be teaching coding to young children. Programming literacy is an incredibly important skill that all children today will need to know.  According to research, 90 percent [...]

“Our son was only a year and a half when we came across The Gratitude Garden Preschool at their booth at the Ocean Festival. My husband and I instantly fell in love with the Director, Dr. Rey. Not only were her credentials extremely impressive, the love and passion she expressed for empowering children, drew me in. ”

Juliet Ekinaka

“The environment Dr. Rey has set at the Gratitude Garden Preschool has proven to stimulate my daughters need for adventure, learning, creativeness, and love. I wanted a preschool that had a healthy outdoor lifestyle that would parallel the academics and combine playing an learning in a seamless way. This preschool has met all my expectations and provided my daughter with a safe and happy home away from home.”

Cheyenne B.

“Magical excellence! Outstanding academic curriculum matched with genuine love for students in a magical and peaceful environment. So grateful for this amazing school!”

Carey F.