Meet our new Head of School:
Rebecca Jane Hope, M.A. Ed. comes to Saint Michael’s Episcopal Day School with 15 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. She has previously held positions such as Center Director for Clif Bar’s onsite child development center “Base Camp” and Program Specialist for Stanford University’s Child Development Centers in CA, as well as New Center Development Manager with Children’s Creative Learning Centers, and Site Supervisor with Stepping Stone School here in Austin. Rebecca has worked with many highly acclaimed Reggio Emilia centers in the past, including most notably Boulder Journey School in Colorado, and The World Bank Child Development Center in Washington, DC. In addition to opening Clif Bar Base Camp and the Reggio-inspired 2200 Penn Child Development Center for George Washington University, she has conducted Reggio Emilia curriculum and pedagogy training workshops for early childhood educators at centers across the country.
Rebecca is the product of a small school herself, with just 12 students in her high school graduating class at Spring Street International School; a school where students traveled overseas together for 3 months of the academic year. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Multicultural and Urban Education from Santa Clara University, and a Master’s Degree in International and Comparative Education from UCLA. In addition to the aforementioned roles in the early childhood field, Rebecca has led overseas relief and development trips throughout South East Asia, and held positions with such organizations as Teach For America, America Reads, and Head Start. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys hiking and rock climbing, in addition to live music, theatre, museums and art of all kinds. She lives in San Marcos with her 2 year old daughter, Piper and her husband Jason, a longtime fire fighter, safety manager and jack-of-all-trades. Rebecca eagerly awaits meeting all of the SMEDS community, and settling in to the long term service of our children and families.
Ms. Hope can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 512-327-0591.