Our founder has a Masters in Teaching, B.S. in Biology and Early Childhood Education credits. She attended Point Loma Nazarene University's teacher training program where she completed the MAT. She has spent time teaching preschool, kindergarten, second, and third grade. She has experience supporting students who have mild to moderate disabilities in her classrooms and has completed formal training for that purpose. In her free time, Ms. Sarina enjoys running on the beach with her dogs, camping, hiking, playing piano, and gardening. Her love for the natural world and ever growing curiosity helps her connect with students and see the world with wonder in their eyes.
Ms. Yalia has enjoyed working with children for over three years. She graduated from UCSB with a BA in Global Studies and a BA in Spanish. She has credits in Early Childhood Education from San Diego Community Colleges and iShe loves the outdoors, creating artwork, reading, and spending time with your little Wild Ones.
Merging his passion for plants and animals with his love for teaching, Mr. Jasper shares his enthusiasm as a citizen scientist with his students. Mr. Jasper has extensive experience working with kids of all ages. At the San Diego Safari Park Education Department, he facilitated overnight adventures for schools and private groups. As an instructor at The Institute for Effective Education’s Mt Helix Academy, he developed and implemented curriculum for the Physical Education Program, coordinated the aftercare program, and taught after-school clubs in gardening, zoology, 3D printing, rocket science, Lego building, chess, and arts and crafts. In his spare time, Mr. Jasper collects exotic plants, designs and fabricates large scale aquaponic systems, and propagates saltwater coral in his many reef aquaria!