Get To Know Us


Founder & Executive Director

An Early Intervention Specialist, Shannon believes learning isn't just measured by simple outcomes, but by the "process" in which  learning is retained. Her desire to foster her students' innate love and curiosity for the world led to the founding of The Native School.

Brand Manager

Niki has a passion for supporting students and families in their growth and learning journey. With a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and pursuing her Master's of Social Work, she is able to cater to the needs of the Native School community in a way that is client-centered, solution-focused, and empowerment based. As a previous co-teacher at the Native School, she is now working behind the scenes to capture the unique “Native School Moments” that are the beating heart of our school and sharing them with the larger community of the virtual world.


Amber D.

Administrative Director

An eternal optimist, Amber believes in lifting spirits through knowledge. She holds multiple business degrees and is experienced in operations management. As a Licensed Foster Parent and Youth Mentor, Amber believes that children should have a solid foundation rooted in outdoor learning, gaining an innate ability to enjoy the beauty of life.

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Kristine L.

Administrative Assistant &

With a degree in Business Administration from SDSU, and years of experience working with children, Kristine brings a special skill set to our outdoor program. Her logistics team oversight means she knows how to 'get it done', but her heart for nature and working with children led her to The Native School. You'll see Kristine out in the field supporting our classes. 

Teaching Team

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Miss Rose

Kinder Lead Teacher

Rose is a certificated K-8 teacher with a kindergarten teaching background. Her knowledge of teaching methodology combined with a love of the natural world helps her plan educational opportunities that are mindful of both. She is passionate about giving students the tools they need for success while still creating space for wonder, laughter and play.


Miss Andrea

Kinder Co-Teacher

A graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a BS in Aquatic Biology and minor in K8 Science & Math, Andrea brings a unique blend of specialized knowledge to Native School. She also has extensive experience in the classroom with young children. Above all, her goal is to inspire and contribute to student's interest in the natural world that surrounds us.

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Miss Nikki

Kinder Lead Teacher

Nikki is a certificated K-8 teacher with an elementary teaching background. She holds a BS in Elementary Education, with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She is also a lifestyle photographer, a mom of two amazing kids and has a true love for children and the outdoors.  


Miss Mary-Beth

Kinder Co-Teacher

Mary Beth is the quintessential outdoor enthusiast! From swimming to hiking, to sky-diving, to outdoor yoga, she’s done it all with gusto. A graduate of Northwestern U with a BA in English, Mary Beth’s English studies background paired with her teaching experience make her specially qualified to guide Native School students.


Miss Emily

Piccola Supervising Lead Teacher

Emily has extensive experience leading young children. From Girl Scouts to multiple years as Childcare Director at YMCA, she continues to follow her passion in guiding young minds. She graduated Cal Poly Summa Cum Laude with a BA in English Language and Literature/Letters. A skilled leader, Emily is excited to bring her life skills and enthusiasm for the outdoors to our classes!


Miss Laisha

Piccola Co-Teacher

Laisha brings vast years of experience as an early childhood educator. She has expressed her joy in teaching and learning from children every day! She speaks multiple languages speaking English, Spanish, French and Italian. She studies at SDCC for Child Development. She is a patient person and believes that the environment is one of our best teachers.


Miss Hernestina

Piccola Co-Teacher

Hernestina has a passion for caretaking. She says that helping children gives her a sense of purpose. She has a degree in Sociology and a minor in Child Development.  Her 7 years in Early Childhood development shows her dedication to children. She is also bilingual in English and Spanish. She is passionate in all areas of Self Development and looks to nature as a huge part of onesself.


Miss Stephanie

Piccola Lead Co-Teacher

As a college student taking Early Childhood Development classes, along with years of experience caring for both children and seniors, Stephanie is a wonderful addition to our program. Her calm and patient demeanor helps each child feel comfortable to develop in a supportive setting.


Miss Evelyn

Piccola Co-Teacher

Evelyn is pursuing further studies in Environmental Studies and Early Childhood Education. She has experience working with young children and guiding young hearts and minds, with a patient and loving heart.

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