Carol Tatsumi, Director

Carol Tatsumi, M.A., obtained her B.F.A. from California State University at Long Beach in 1988 with a focus in Psychology, her certificate in Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount College, and an M.A. in Human Development with a focus on bi-cultural issues from Pacific Oaks College.

Carol and her family joined MBNS in 1994, when her daughter Kate enrolled in the Middle Group. Carol has served on the Board of Directors (Billing, President) helping to bring MBNS to a financially sound footing through fundraising while on the board, formed a Yard Committee to implement a re-design of all play-yards, initiated the continuing use of non-toxic cleaners and the ongoing recycling program, and headed up the lead abatement and re-construction of areas of the campus before joining the staff in 1997.

In 2006 Carol became a California Early Childhood Mentor, mentoring students from El Camino Community College and Santa Monica College and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Carol became director at MBNS in 2010 and looks forward to many years continuing to grow as she works with young children and their families. She continues to enjoy nature, bicycling, camping and enhancing her interest in human development by attending conferences and workshops through the United States and supporting families at MBNS.

“What I love so much about MBNS stems from what it has meant for our family: there continues to be plenty of room for children of mixed ages to grow together, the kind of dramatic play and reading that our daughter Kate loved when we joined and as a new mother it was important to see extended nursing and attachment parenting embraced.  Our family met many homeschoolers through MBNS which inspired us to homeschool Kate as she created her own path to learning. I am also inspired by the creative, energetic, dedicated, and loving environment of our parents that I watched when I first entered this lovely place with my own 3 year old, and it is echoed in each new family we welcome to MBNS as they join our community, just starting on their own journey. I knew then, as I know now, it is a wonderful place for our family.”