Our Staff

Our most remarkable quality is our love for your children!

We know this is an exceptional claim, and we can provide you with innumerable references from former clients.

We are all on a first name basis here.

Alicia, an educational therapist, and Ruben, a retired Walt Disney Imagineer, head the school.

Family lore has it that Alicia is a direct descendant of Nachman of Breslau and therefore, the Baal Shem Tov. Alicia is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in English literature. She studied alternative systems of education with Ivan Illych in Mexico, while she became a fluent speaker of Spanish. She holds five different teaching credentials and six different college degrees. She has taught every grade from pre-school through college during her thirty-five year teaching career. She has been employed by the state of California as an educational therapist and assisted many children with a variety of learning differences. She has worked as an educational therapist extensively with Highland Hall and other Waldorf schools.

Ruben is descended from conversos who fled the Spanish Inquisition and established themselves in Northern Mexico in the 1650’s. Ruben has been producing works of art since he was three years old. He worked for Walt Disney Imagineers and designed Adventureland, Paris, Animal Kingdom, Florida, and has major paintings and sculptures in Disneyland, Tokyo. He also designed Dr. Seussland for Universal Studios in Florida. He has made hundreds of pieces of jewelry for other Walt Disney artists and private collectors. Likewise, he has sold innumerable paintings and sculptures.

Alicia and Ruben met in Mexico at a Sufi meditation center that honored all religions. They fell in love and have been happily married to each other for over 30 years. They chose Reform Judaism as their religion and live their belief in tikkun olam by helping children.

Our teaching staff includes four young teachers in their twenties. Each of them is kind, loving, and competent.