Dr. Dustine Rey is a mother and educator, dedicated to improving the emotional and intellectual well-being of families and young children. She has been an educator and counselor for over twenty-five years, teaching and consulting in both public and private schools. Dr. Rey is the founder of The Gratitude Garden Preschool, co-founder and Head of School of TESLA Country Day, 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.
Dr. Rey’s dynamic and dedicated approach has garnered her a reputation as a significant leader in both early childhood education and higher education. In 2019 she was named one of the Top Three Inspirational Moms of Orange County. In 2013, San Diego Magazine nominated her 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 curiosity-driven learning environments for her daughter.