A Word from the Principal


At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, I wish everyone in our community health, strength, and support. As you know, our school year has begun in a distance learning format. Because of this, we are challenged to discover new ways to interact, participate, learn, and make friends at school. On behalf of the staff, I would like to thank all parents, caregivers, families, and friends for your continued support and positivity throughout these times.  It means so much to all of us, and we look forward to working together to inspire joyful learning for all …. in these days and in the weeks and months to come.

My very best to each, every, and all,

Dr. Jessica Tunney
Founding Principal and Executive Director

About Dr. Jessica Tunney

Dr. Tunney is an accomplished educator with more than 20 years of varied experience in the field of education as a general education teacher, special education teacher, professional development leader and coach, university teacher educator, and educational researcher. Dr. Tunney has taught learners of all ages – from young children to experienced adults – and is a passionate advocate for authentic and hands-on learning, inclusive practices and strategies, and ongoing reflection and collaboration as a tool for improvement and growth.

After earning a Master’s degree in Special Education from Bank Street College in NYC in 1999, Dr. Tunney began her career in education as a classroom teacher (Grades: K, 1, 5) and early literacy specialist (Grades: 1, 2) at P.S. 321 in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Tunney moved to California in 2006, and worked as a 4th Grade general education teacher at the nationally acclaimed inclusive model CHIME Charter School in Los Angeles from 2006 – 2009. After earning a Ph.D. in Education from UC Irvine in 2016, Dr. Tunney took on work as an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at UC Irvine teaching courses for elementary and secondary teacher candidates on topics including advanced learning theory, teacher inquiry, and teaching special populations in general education classrooms. Dr. Tunney has designed and led professional development for practicing teachers for well over a decade, coaching teachers at public and private schools on topics including Differentiated Instruction (DI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), neurodevelopment and neurodiversity in heterogeneous classrooms, and Professional Learning Community (PLC) inquiry work for ongoing improvements in teaching.

Dr. Tunney is a lifelong learner and educator who is committed to ensuring that all students are offered excellent schooling and are encouraged to discover the joy of curiosity, exploration, and new learning.

Founding Principal and Executive Director
Jessica Tunney, Ph.D.

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