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

Beth Simas
Office Assistant
  • Over 14 years experience working with children Tk-8th grade

  • Over 6 years experience working as an Office Clerk at a private school

  • First Aid and CPR Certified

  • Date of Hire: 2022

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
  • 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)
  • 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

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

Jayla Garoutte - Teacher
Green Door (Preschool)
Art Teacher
  • 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

Linda Kinman - Teacher
Green Door (Preschool)
After School Care
  • AA in Liberal Studies at Allan Hancock College

  • Bilingual Instructional Aide

  • ​Date of Hire: 2021

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

Jasmine Valladolid
Teacher's Aide, Blue 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

Julieta Guerrero - Co-Teacher Blue Door
(K/1st Grade Multi-Age Class)
  • Over 7 years experience working with children preschool-8th grade

  • First Aid and CPR Certified 

  • Date of Hire: 2016

Poppy Flower


Jill Hall - Teacher
Red Door
(2nd/3rd Grade Multi-Age Class)
  • ​B.A. English, University of California, Berkeley

  • J.D., University of California, Davis

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)

  • ​Date of Hire: 2022

Poppy Flower


Yomira Morales
Teacher's Aide, Red Door
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)

  • ​Date of Hire: 2022

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

Jose Farias
Teacher's Aide, Purple Door
P.E. Teacher 
After School Care
  • A.A. Social and Behavioral Sciences,

       Allan Hancock College

  • Santa Barbara County Education Office

       (Pre-School - High School) 2014-2018

  • Registered Behavioral Technician in the field of Applied Behavioral Therapy 2017-2018

  • Volunteer Basketball Coach

  • ​Date of Hire: 2018

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

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

  •  Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC

  • ​Date of Hire: 2019

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