CKK_5729Dr. Dustine Rey is a mother, an educator, and a visionary who is dedicated to improving the emotional and intellectual well-being of families and young children. She is the founder and Executive Director of The Gratitude Garden Preschool and is co-founder of TESLA Country Day. Both schools address the gap of high quality educational environments aimed at nurturing curiosity and creativity through balancing innovative STEM curriculum, artistic expression, physical well-being, and emotional strengths.

With over twenty years of leadership in education, Dr. Rey brings a unique perspective to the development of new schools, innovative learning environments for early childhood education and K-5 education, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum, and research-based social and emotional curriculum.

Dr. Rey has been a public and private preschool and elementary school teacher, preschool director, marriage and family therapist, consultant, researcher, and Higher Education Fellow. Currently, Dr. Rey is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University.

0_0_0_0_286_381_csupload_61664039_largeDr. 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 also holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University, a Bachelors Degree in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University, a California Teaching Credential, and a California Child Development Program Director Permit.

Dr. Rey is a member of The American Psychological Association, The International Positive Psychology Association, The National Association for the Education of Young Children and The California Association for the Education of Young Children. Her dissertation research and other related topics have been presented at various conferences and workshops.

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. Her daughter, Satya, is her inspiration for everything she does and she believes that through early childhood education she can create conditions for young children and their families to thrive.

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