Leadership 2018-11-07T11:17:37+00:00

Dr. Dustine Rey is the founder and Executive Director of The Gratitude Garden Preschool and co-founder of TESLA Country Day. Both schools are committed to nurturing curiosity and creativity through balancing innovative STEM curricula, artistic expression, entrepreneurship, leadership, and emotional well-being. Over the past twenty-five years, Dr. Rey has worked in multiple facet of education; from teaching preschool to graduate students, to school counseling and administration, and most recently educational entrepreneurship. She attributes becoming an entrepreneur to her own search for an innovative education for her daughter. Her daughter, Satya, is her inspiration and she includes her daughter in the school leadership.

Dr. Rey holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California where she completed a higher education teaching fellowship in the Rossier School of Education. She earned her Master of Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University, a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University, a California Teaching Credential, and a California Child Development Program Director Permit. Dr. Rey presents at various conferences and workshops on the topics of emotional well-being, human development, and educational leadership.

Currently, Dr. Rey is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University and conducting research in the measurement of pro-social behaviors among young children and the development of a pro-social curriculum for children ages 4-7. Her dynamic and dedicated approach has garnered her a reputation as a significant leader in both early childhood education and higher education. In 2013, San Diego Magazine nominated her for “Women of the Year” for her service to the community and education.

“I feel blessed each day to be a mother and an educator. I am grateful to be part of a community that helps me to grow and that through my work I can help others to grow and thrive. My family, health, animals, and nature continue to inspire me and for that support, I am always in awe.” ~Dr. Rey

Mr. Kuzcynski was drawn to education upon graduating from the University of Washington and began practicing and teaching engineering design and analysis principles at the General Motors Advanced Engineering Center in Michigan. His STEM experience broadened as a Registered Patent Attorney at Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC before the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he prepared and prosecuted U.S. and PCT patent applications in various technical arts. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Engineering, a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA), and a Juris Doctorate (JD).

He brings his scientific, financial, legal, and business background to strengthen and broaden the STEM educational offerings of the school.

“My vision is to create a thriving educational experience by providing a safe and purposeful home away from home for children and their parents.” ~Mr. Kuzcynski

Ms. Eason began her professional journey with early childhood education through the City of Fullerton’s Parks and Recreation Department as an After-school Program Specialist & Mentor. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from CSU Fullerton, a Site Supervisor permit and a Program Director permit with the State of California.

Ms. Eason found her purpose in making a difference in the lives of children through teaching; she had an unprecedented reputation of providing high quality education and connection with her families. She soon graduated from her teaching position and moved into an administrative role as a preschool director. She is committed to her local community and continues to create ways for our school to connect to our community and serve its needs.

“I am truly grateful for the opportunity to become a part of the Gratitude Garden where I will continue to grow. I love spending my time outdoors and am eager to explore the beaches of Southern Orange County.” ~Ms. Eason