Our faculty and staff combine passion, dynamism and flexibility with the wisdom of many years spent teaching children to achieve their fullest potential. Pictured above: Our in-person professional development training with our teachers, two weeks prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year (masked and 6 ft apart).
OUR HEAD OF SCHOOL
Founding Head of School
Neuroscientist. Nature Enthusiast. Quadrilingual. Mom.
After founding Presidio Knolls, the award-winning private Mandarin-immersion school in San Francisco, Wendy had a vision for a pioneering school that could combine language immersion, nature-based education, and social-emotional learning into a unified program. With three years of operation under its belt, Terra Marin is the exemplification of this vision.
“I created my first school, Presidio Knolls, to be the school I wanted for my own two children. It was incredible to watch it become everything I dreamed of. Then, over ten years working with hundreds of students and teachers, I learned how to create something even better. That’s what Terra Marin is.”
OUR Preschool TEACHERS
TK Mandarin Preschool
Talented poet. Amusement park enthusiast.
M.A. in Education from University of San Francisco. B.A. in electric engineering from Xi’ an Shiyou University in China. 7 years of teaching experience.
Singer and guitarist. Animal lover.
M.A. in Education from George Fox University in Oregon. B.A. from Central China Normal University. 6 years of teaching experience.
Assistant Preschool Teacher & Shuttle Driver
Hardworking. Fearless. Enthusiastic.
Accredited preschool teacher with 5 years experience.
our Lower School TEACHERS
(in order by grade)
Contagious laughter. Doting aunt. Ms. Frizzle Dress-Alike.
B.A. from UC Berkeley. 15 years of teaching experience. Multi-subject accredited elementary teacher.
J. Alex Michel
K Outdoor Micro-School
Tuba player. Fire fighter. Trilingual.
Double Major with B.S. in Environment Science/Society and B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literature from UC Berkeley with a minor in Education.
Chih Yu (Vivian) Peng
K Outdoor Micro-School
Outdoor Enthusiast, Energetic, Musician Bilingual and working on Trilingual.
M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. B.A. in Chinese from Ming Chuan University, Taiwan. 2 years teaching experience. Plays piano and clarinet. Speaks Mandarin, English and is learning Spanish. "In my elementary education program, I worked on fostering a growth mindset."
1 & 2 On-Site
Creative. Friendly. Adventurous.
B.A. in Liberal Arts from Cal State Chico. Multi-subject accredited elementary teacher. Grew up in Marin County, feels "very blessed to live in such a lovely place."
2-3 Outdoor Micro-School
Skier. Mountain biker. Rock band drummer.
B.A. from University of Michigan. Multi-subject accredited elementary teacher. 13 years of teaching experience. Father of three boys, two in high school and one in college.
2-3 Outdoor Micro-School
Forest Ranger. Outdoor Adventurer. Art.
Double Major B.A. in History & Visual Arts from Rutgers University. "Art is my passion. I love to paint, make ceramics, and draw, but I especially love finding ways to create art from things I find out in nature."
Energetic. Team player. Dedicated.
B.A. in Liberal Arts from SF State University. Multi-subject accredited elementary teacher. 15 years teaching experience. Committed to building strong relationships with children to help their academic and social-emotional growth.
OUR Upper School TEACHERS
(in alphabetical order)
7-8 Math, Virtual
Love numbers, puzzles and chess. Never miss a rubik's cube convention
30 years experience teaching math. Homeschooled 3 children (now grown) and has newborn twin boys.
5-8 Science, Virtual & On-Site
Permaculture gardening enthusiast. Proud owner of Charlie the Science Dog. Father. Renaissance man.
Over 15 years of teaching experience in the sciences.
5-7 Math, Virtual & On-Site
Ultimate frisbee, hiking and gardening. Cook. Slam Poet. Guitarist.
B.A. in Mathematics & Philosophy from Brown University. 10 years teaching experience. Meditation teacher.
7-8 English, Virtual
Backpacking enthusiast. Dancing fool.
Over 15 years teaching experience in Humanities. Mother of 2 daughters in high school.
6 English, 5-8 Social Studies Virtual & On-Site
3-time principal and middle school English teacher. Wordsmith. Nature Enthusiast.
B.A. from UC Santa Cruz. M.A in Educational Administration from SFSU. Multi-subject credential.
5 Outdoor Micro-School
Naturalist. Playwright. Puppeteer. Earth Educator.
B.A. in English Literature & Plant Science from University of Maryland.
7-8 Math On-Site
Bilingual. Father of a baby girl.
B.A. in Mathematics from SFSU. First of his extended family to graduate college and wants to help others to do the same.
5 Science, Math & Earth Education
Nature nerd. Loves a good rock n’ roll concert.
B.S. in Geology & Earth Science with a Physics minor from Portland State University.
OUR MUSIC, DRAMA, EARTH eDUCATION, world language & ART teachers
(in alphabetical order)
Chloe Jean Bermudez
Music On-Site PK-4
R&B musician and composer. Nature enthusiast. Mother of 2.
UC Berkeley graduate & accomplished musician. 5+ years teaching experience in music and the arts.
Art Teacher PK-8 & Earth Education
Filmmaker. Artist. Outdoors enthusiast.
M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University. Grew up in Eagle River, Alaska exploring the great outdoors and shooting films with friends.
Earth Education Director
Primitive survivalist. Bird Linguist.
Northern California native and 2nd generation earth educator. 15 years experience in wild crafting, survival skills, tracking, mapping, regional hazards, bird language, & fauna ID.
Drama & Safety Director On-Site & Outdoor Micro-School
Actor. Playwright. Director. Music video producer. Hairdo freestyler.
Over 10 years teaching experience in drama and the arts.
Music Director On-Site & Outdoor Micro-School
Talented musician and composer. Passionate traveler. Multilingual.
Over 15 years teaching experience in the arts. Composes music for short films and documentaries and plays in a rock and jazz band. Converses in English, Mandarin & Music.
K-8 Mandarin On-Site and Outdoor Micro-School
Passionate chef. Mandarin Enthusiast.
M.A. in Education from Patten University and a B.A. in Chinese Literature from
ShanXi University in China.
Rafa Álvarez Rosales
Diversity Advocate. Conscientious.
M.A. in second language acquisition. (Spanish) from New Mexico State Univ. B.A. in Hispanic Philology and Literature from Univ. of Havana, Cuba. 15 years of teaching experience. He loves to immerse himself in the different multicultural communities.
K-8 Mandarin On-Site
Passionate chef. Epicure. Avid volunteer. Mother.
B.A. from Shenyang University, China. 5 years of experience teaching Mandarin to all ages. Volunteer at orphanages and senior citizen homes.
Our ADMINISTRATORS & Staff
Assistant Head of School
Cat & child whisperer. Math wiz, Avid reader and book collector. Proud grandmother.
B.A. and M.A. in Education with a focus in mathematics from SFSU. 20+ years classroom experience. Cat and children whisperer. Just became a grandmother for the 2nd time.
Director of Operations
Wordsmith editor. Zoom extraordinaire. Mother of 2. Steady under pressure.
B.A. in Political Science from SFSU. Over 7 years experience working as Office and Communications Manager in a prior K-8 school. Mother to 2 sons in high school and college. Speaks English and Spanish.
Marketing Director & Camp Supervisor
Mother of 3. Runner. Philanthropist & serial volunteer.
M.B.A in Marketing from University of Southern California and B.A. in Economics with a French Minor from UC San Diego. Founding Co-Director of Children for Change. Over 20+ years of experience in brand management and product development.
Outdoor Micro-School Director
Neuroemergent, Advocate, Storyteller
B.A in Education from Humboldt State University. Experiential educator, restorative justice facilitator, and writer. Former Interpretive Park Ranger and Outward Bound instructor, course director, and staff trainer. Learning ASL.
Ocean lover. Sun dweller. Adventure seeker. Naturalist.
B.A. in Cinema and Digital Media, Communications Minor from UC Davis. Division 1 tennis team and ski team at UC Davis. Native Hawaiian and grew up in Marin. Speaks English and German.
Contagious laugh. Melodic voice. Loves to bike.
B.A. in Health Education & Child Development from SFSU. Previous after-school director and teacher.