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.