Teri Briggs (4th-6th)
Teri Briggs has been teaching at Goleta Family School since 1994. She received her BA in Latin American Studies from UCSB. She also received her teaching credential and Masters of Education from UCSB. Her Master’s focus was on intrinsic motivation which is an integral part of her teaching philosophy. She is also passionate about having children experience the outdoors with an emphasis on stewardship and an awareness of our community outside the classroom. Teri lives in the Santa Barbara Harbor on the boat she built with her husband. She always loved the ocean so waking up each morning to the sound of the birds catching fish, seals barking, exquisite sunrises, and the sound of the fog horn brings much joy and appreciation. Her passions are yoga and dance. She also enjoys attending theater and film productions.
Ursula Iturrino (K-1st)
Ursula Iturrino was born in Peru and came to this wonderful country at the age of 15 with her parents. She moved to Ojai, CA for her Junior and Senior year of high school. Ursula graduated with a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in Social work from UCSB. She continued her education at Antioch University and got her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in child development. She then went on to fulfill her life long dream of becoming a teacher. Ursula has been in the education field for the last 7 years; 4 years as a preschool teacher, (focusing on pre K), and 3 years as an elementary school teacher, in different capacities at Isla Vista School. Ursula is married to Michael and have 3 children; Michael-Anthony who is in 11th grade and an actor at DPHS, Alexandria who loves to play the guitar and loves football in 8th grade at GVJH, and Landon who is in 5th grade at Isla Vista school who has a passion for sports, particularly Hockey. Ursula enjoys history, reading and has a huge passion for the arts, particularly acting. She also loves to ride horses, dancing, yoga, and cooking. She is delighted to be part of the Goleta Family School community as their K/1 teacher.
Natasha Heinrich (2nd-3rd)
Natasha graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Ag-Business with an emphasis in finance and appraisal in 2004, and subsequently earned her teaching degree from Antioch University. She is married to Johnny and they have an insightful and energetic daughter, Ruby, whom they learn from everyday. Natasha enjoys outdoor adventures, creative projects, and is always enthusiastic about new explorations. She taught in the Goleta Union School District for 8 years before joining the GFS team in 2012.