Administrative Staff

Julianne Tullis-Thompson
Head of School
  • B.A. Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Credential: Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with BCLAD: Spanish

  • Fellow, South Coast Writing Project, 2009

  • Date or Hire: 2005-2011 - Purple Door Teacher

2011 - Interim Head

2012 - Head of School

2015 - Red Door Teacher

Lindsey Wilkin
Director of Communications 
  • Over 15 years experience working with children as a professional nanny

  • Massage Therapist Certification, California Massage Therapy Council

  • Cosmetology License, California State Board of Cosmetology

  • Esthetician License, California State Board of Cosmetology

  • Date of Hire: 2017

Kay Knightley
Director of Finance​​
  • Over 25 years experience as a private bookkeeper

  • Date of Hire: 2012

Nacho Larios 
Nacho has been part of our family for over 10 years.  He keeps the family school grounds and buildings looking beautiful and sparkling.

Classroom Teachers

Kalynn Hubbard - Preschool Director, Teacher
Green Door (Preschool)
Teacher for 4-year old class
  • A.A. Allan Hancock College

  • B.A. Early Childhood Development, Brandman University

  • First Aid and CPR Certified 

  • Date of Hire: 2009

Lissa Samuel - Teacher
Green Door (Preschool)
Teacher for 3 year old class
  • A.A. Early Education, Los Angeles Valley College

  • B.S. Child Development, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

  • M.A. Human Development, Pacific Oaks College

  • CPR Certified and Instructor

  • Date of Hire: 1996

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Veronica Finley - Teacher's Aide
Green Door (Preschool)
  • Date of Hire: 2017

Julieta Guerrero
Teacher's Aide, Green Door
After School Care
  • Over 6 years experience working with children K-8th grade

  • First Aid and CPR Certified 

  • Date of Hire: 2016

Crisi Ellsworth
Teacher's Aide, Green Door
Art Teacher
  • ​Date of Hire: 2017

Jayla Garoutte - Teacher's Aide
Green Door (Preschool)
  • B.A. in Creative Writing, University of Redlands

  • Minors in Communication Disorders and Asian Studies 

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, UCSB 

  • Jayla looks forward to writing her Masters thesis at The Family School 

  • ​Date of Hire: 2020

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Chelsea Johnson - Co-Teacher Blue Door
(K/1st Grade Multi-Age Class)
  • B.A. in Liberal Studies from the California  State University Monterey Bay

  • Credential in Elementary Education from Brandman University

  • Date of Hire: 2013

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Nikki Castrellon - Co-Teacher Blue Door
(K/1st Grade Multi-Age Class)
  • BA in Physical Therapy from California State University Dominguez Hills Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Antioch University in Santa Barbara

  • M.A. in Education, Antioch University in Santa Barbara

  • ​Date of Hire: 2018

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Erica Cano - Teacher
Red Door
(2nd/3rd Grade Multi-Age Class)
  • M.A. /Teaching Credential, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Date or Hire: 2017

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Jasmine Valladolid
Teacher's Aide, Red Door
Spanish Teacher, Red Door / Purple Door
  • B.A. Family and Consumer Education Sciences, Cal State University Northridge

  • A.A. Social and Behavioral Sciences, Allan Hancock College

  • ​Date of Hire: 2016

Kira Brady - Teacher
Purple Door Door
(4th/5th Grade Multi-Age Class)
  • B.A. General Studies, New School University, New York

  • M.A. Conflict Transformation and Youth Program Leadership, SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, VT.

  • Date of Hire: 2014

Veronica Taylor
Teacher's Aide, Red Door
  • ​Date of Hire: 2019

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Jose Farias
Teacher's Aide, Purple Door
P.E. Teacher 
After School Care
  • Four years experience working in many different school districts within the Santa Barbara County

  • One year of experience working as a Registered Behavior Technician in the field of ABA Therapy

  • Jose has played a variety of sports and brings that knowledge with him his role as PE  teacher 

  • ​Date of Hire: 2018

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Jenny Isaacson
Phono Graphix / Reading Specialist
  • B.A. in Creative Writing from Eugene Lang College in NYC

  •  Multiple Subjects Credential from Chapman University

  • ​Date of Hire: 2018

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Elizabeth Poett Campbell
Theater Teacher 
  • B. A. in European History, Kenyon College, Ohio

  •  Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC

  • ​Date of Hire: 2019

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Dillon Ruse
Music Teacher

  • ​Date of Hire: 2018

  • Dillon has taught music theory, guitar, drums, ukulele and piano privately for over 15 years

  • Executed both music and outdoor curriculum at Windmill Valley Preschool for 12 years

  • Interned at Remote Control Studios, a film score company run by composer Hans Zimmer based in Santa Monica, California