A California native, Whitney grew up in Los Angeles, spent her college years in San Francisco, and recently moved down to San Diego with her husband and two little girls. She holds her Master’s Degree in Education and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of San Francisco. She spent the last 14 years teaching elementary school at charter, private, and micro-schools in Los Angeles. She sees each child as an intelligent, capable being with many gifts to offer the world. Her expertise is in constructivist curriculum development, which promotes the belief that learners construct knowledge rather than just passively take in information. Her goal is to create an inviting learning environment where children are comfortable taking academic risks, and helping city kids maintain a connection to nature. She is very excited to be amongst the warm community at San Diego French-American School in the beautiful setting of La Jolla. When she isn’t lesson planning, she loves hiking, yoga, and going to the beach with her family.