Meet the Team

Dr. Dustine Rey

Dr. Dustine Rey is a mother, an educator, and a visionary who is dedicated to improving the emotional and intellectual well-being of families and young children. She has been an educator and counselor for over twenty years, teaching and consulting in both public and private schools. Dr. Rey is the founder of The Gratitude Garden Preschool and an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University.

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 also holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University and a Bachelors Degree in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University.

In 2013, San Diego Magazine nominated Dr. Rey for Women of the Year for her service to the community and education. Her greatest joy is her daughter Satya, who is the inspiration for everything she does. The Gratitude Garden Preschool and TESLA Country Day were created out of her need to find a rigorous, yet nurturing, curiosity-driven learning environment for her daughter.

Chris Kuzcynski

Mr. Kuzcynski was drawn to education upon graduating from the University of Washington when he began teaching engineering design and analysis principles to engineering teams around the Midwest. He transformed the design-to-market product line life cycles by teaching cutting-edge engineering and design technologies at places like the General Motors Advanced Engineering Technical Center. In addition, his STEM experience further broadened as a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he prepared and prosecuted U.S. and PCT patent applications in the mechanical, manufacturing, computer science, telecommunications, networking, medical devices, and business method technical arts.

He brings his scientific, financial, legal, and business background to strengthen the fiscal stability and progress of the school. His vision is to create a thriving educational center that serves the community by providing a safe and purposeful home away from home for children and their parents.

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.
–Albert Einstein