About Dr. Rey

About Dr. Rey 2018-03-19T12:06:26+00:00

Nurturing Young Minds for a Flourishing Future

Dr. Dustine Rey

Dr. Dustine Rey is the founder and Executive Director of The Gratitude Garden Preschool and co-founder of TESLA Country Day. Both schools are committed to nurturing curiosity and creativity through balancing innovative STEM curricula, artistic expression, entrepreneurship, leadership, and emotional well-being. 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.

Currently, Dr. Rey is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University and conducting research in the measurement of pro-social behaviors among young children and the development of a pro-social curriculum for children ages 4-7.

Dr. Rey holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California where she completed a higher education teaching fellowship in the Rossier School of Education. She earned her Master of Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University, a California Teaching Credential, and a California Child Development Program Director Permit. She presents at various conferences and workshops on the topics of emotional well-being, human development, and educational leadership.

“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.”
― Nikola Tesla

Dr. Rey is a member of …

  • The American Psychological Association

  • The International Positive Psychology Association

  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children

  • The STEM Education Coalition

Dr. Rey’s dynamic and dedicated approach has garnered her a reputation as a significant leader in both early childhood education and higher education. In 2013, San Diego Magazine nominated her for “Women of the Year” for her service to the community and education. She believes that living a life of purpose and gratitude keeps her young and energetic each day. Her daughter, Satya, is her inspiration and she often includes her daughter in making leadership decisions.

Dr. Rey’s Blog

The Importance of Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

January 8th, 2018|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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 [...]

New Research Warns Families of Health Consequences Near Highways

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

New findings by UCLA and the California Air Resources Board show that harmful pollutants from cars and trucks can drift more than a mile and a half from Southern California freeways, suggesting that air pollution’s [...]