Who We Are
Founding Director & Head of Learning
Molly Lou Freeman has taught for 20 years. She guides the mission, vision and rigorous, IB-model learning program at The Sierra. A certified International Baccalaureate, English literature and creative writing teacher and published writer, she has lifelong ties to Mexico. Molly Lou speaks English, French and Spanish. She taught for 15 years at the International School of Paris, France. She also taught Rhetoric and Advanced Rhetoric for four years at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and, more recently, was a visiting lecturer at the NYU and Columbia University Departments of Creative Writing. She received full scholarships and graduated cum laude from Phillips Academy Andover, Brown University (B.A. in English and American Literature, Creative Writing Honors), The Sorbonne (French Literature, B.A. equivalent), and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, M.F.A. She teaches English-comparative literature (IB Language A) as well as creative writing. Passionate about horsemanship, outdoor education and writing, Molly Lou is committed to making educational change for deserving and motivated kids of all socio-economic backgrounds in Todos Santos.
Head of Operations &
Head of Development & Partnerships
Alex Gamboa brings us a diverse, dynamic background in sustainable entrepreneurship, business management, education & real estate. Alex directs school finances and operations. Alex graduated from Yale with a B.A. in Economics, playing on the Division I level basketball team, and earning Rookie of the Year honors while leading the team to an Ivy League Championship. He was appointed Captain, and named a member of the All Ivy-Academic Team. Alex started the U.S. non-profit, Envirolution; as Executive Director for over 6 years, Alex oversaw New York and Nevada operations with a focus on community engagement, partnership development, program & curriculum creation, fundraising and business administration. Alex wrote a National Science Foundation grant for Nevada operations. Alex has taught sustainability classes at the secondary school level and will teach sustainability at The Sierra. He remains active in the real estate sector, as a broker and investor in New York, California and Nevada. From a Mexican-American family and having traveled throughout Mexico, Alex is dedicated to sustainably developing our school and making a positive impact in Todos Santos.
Lead Science Teacher
Tom Ekman, J.D., M.Ed. teaches ecology and biology at The Sierra School and may also teach Chemistry and Physics. He also help us develop our outdoor leadership program. Tom fell in love with Ecology during a Geologic field study in Baja in 1991 when he was a student at Williams College. Mr. Ekman has pursued his passion for the environment / science through entrepreneurship (National Geographic Maps), environmental law (San Francisco Bicycle Plan), and journalism. In 2008, he decided to become a teacher and pass on the environmental torch to his students. Mr. Ekman has led 7 week-long backpacking trips with under-resourced youth, is a P2 Intermediate paraglider and a pro-am bodysurfing (sponsor: Sole). His book on the rights of children in the era of Assisted Reproductive Technology will be released in 2017 by Yale University Press. Tom cultivates in our students environmental awareness, activism, and outdoor leadership.
Lead Spanish Teacher
Margarita Robles, of Todos Santos, teaches Spanish for no-native speakers, and an enriched version of the Mexican national SEP program in Spanish language / literature/ word & Mexican history as well as civics. Margarita is a SEP accredited teacher and experienced SEP coordinator. Margarita gained solid experience working at the SEP regional office in La Paz. Her dynamic experience was enriched when she was director of the Todos Santos public junior high school. Margarita is also a SEP accredited PE instructor, with a passion for team sport and especially basketball. She teaches sport in the local public schools. Margarita will oversee The Sierra School PE program, per SEP requirements. Margarita will also serve as veteran SEP coordinator, coordinating with Molly Lou our SEP application for Mexican national educational accreditation as a private secondary school in Baja California Sur.
Outdoor Leadership Coordinator &
Roger Herrera Tapia leads the outdoor leadership program as well as The Sierra School's two annual ocean-mountain wilderness camping trips. Roger speaks both Spanish and English. Roger has worked for over 20 years in environmental education. With extensive wilderness experience, he is an ecologist - environment activist, the local representative for Water Keepers and has experience as a rock-climbing, kayak and surf instructor. Roger is committed to community action and educational practices to promote environmental awareness and resource conservation. Roger studied business and management at the University of Baja and later worked for 6 years as an operations and project manager for NOLS Baja. Roger promotes safe, enriching, authentic outdoor leadership opportunities for our students.
Our Advisory Board
A non-governing body, offers professional, pedagogical, leadership and legal counsel to The Sierra School. Our board members are experienced professionals and educators. Our advisory board will help us maintain Mexican legal compliance, develop our school, and reach our accreditation goals.
John Moreno of Todos Santos is our expert legal counsel, guiding us in Mexican compliance obligations, contracts and our SEP accreditation. John is Mexican-American with lifelong, family ties to Baja. A highly-respected environmental lawyer in Baja, John is passionate about The Sierra School's mission to bring an ecology-focused, world-class educational opportunity to local youth. John's ties to Todos Santos are a great asset in building strong community partnerships in Todos Santos
Richard Edgeworth of Todos Santos brings us pedagogical, educational project and policy expertise. Richard has extensive teaching and administrative experience: Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, University of California at Irvine; a Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum & Instruction. Richard is a credentialed teacher and administrator with over two decades of professional experience in California and Hawaii.
James Sutton, Esq., of San Francisco and Todos Santos, is a lawyer offering us U.S. expertise and guidance in our objective to become a US 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Mr. Sutton taught for 2 years in Uganda, in the Peace Corps. He a graduate of University of California at Berkeley and the University of California Hastings School of Law. He and his wife, Lynette Stockfleth-Sutton, have three well-educated, adult children. Mr. Sutton is committed to The Sierra's School intention to build strong community partnerships in Todos Santos.
Danielle Beaulieu brings us international school curriculum and accreditation expertise. Danielle has a long history of teaching and administration in international schools. Danielle worked at the International School of Paris for 13 years, first as as PYP coordinator and class teacher. She continued on as Information Technology teacher, Vice Principal and Interim Principal before being appointed ISP Primary School Principal in January 2010. Before coming to Paris, Danielle was instrumental in implementing the IBPYP at her former school on Grand Bahama Island, and has taught most Primary grades in both Canadian and International School systems in Italy and The Dominican Republic over the past 18 years. She speaks Spanish, French, Italian and English and holds Canadian, French nationality. Danielle has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education as well as additional qualifications in Special Education and Technology in the Classroom. She is also a PYP trainer and school accreditor for the International Baccalaureate. Danielle is a graduate of the Principal’s Training Centre and is obtaining her MA in International school leadership with the College of New Jersey.