Jay Levin,  the founder and lead teacher of FTC, LLC,  has been teaching for the past 21 years. He holds two Masters of Fine Arts degrees, one in fiction writing, the other in playwriting as well as a California Teaching Credential. He has Montessori training and has developed curriculum with Quantum Camp and the Imagination School. He currently teaches Middle School at Spark Charter School.   Jay often spent hours at a time watching his father captivate middle school students with fantastic out-of-the-box instruction and slide-shows that featured the amazing natural examples they discovered as a family. As a youngster, his family traveled to nearly every Western National Park to delve into the scientific discoveries that the majestic world around them offered. It is these early experiences that have helped form FTC, LLC's character and mission to foster independent exploration and the development of character. 

Jay Levin, the founder and lead teacher of FTC, LLC,  has been teaching for the past 21 years. He holds two Masters of Fine Arts degrees, one in fiction writing, the other in playwriting as well as a California Teaching Credential. He has Montessori training and has developed curriculum with Quantum Camp and the Imagination School. He currently teaches Middle School at Spark Charter School. 

Jay often spent hours at a time watching his father captivate middle school students with fantastic out-of-the-box instruction and slide-shows that featured the amazing natural examples they discovered as a family. As a youngster, his family traveled to nearly every Western National Park to delve into the scientific discoveries that the majestic world around them offered. It is these early experiences that have helped form FTC, LLC's character and mission to foster independent exploration and the development of character. 

Miriam Anne Frank  is an applied anthropologist who works for Indigenous Peoples and on issues of environment and human rights. This career path has taken her across the globe to some of the most remote and special places on earth. She presently teaches courses on Indigenous Peoples’ issues in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna, Austria. When her son was born she had him travel with her so he would be exposed to the diversity of the world in terms of peoples and places.  She studied art and initially began her career as an arts administrator in the Bay Area. She worked at Headlands Center for the Arts during the residence of native Haida artists as they carved a totem pole and a canoe and later worked supporting homeless artists in the Tenderloin. Most recently she curated a family program with artists from San Francisco’s Mission District for the San Francisco International Arts Festival.  Her family chose to settle in La Honda, a small community in the Santa Cruz Mountains, so that her son could have a life filled with outdoor adventures. They spend time in many of the places FTC holds its camps.  She is excited to combine her arts, anthropology and teaching background and join Jay in helping your children explore and learn.

Miriam Anne Frank is an applied anthropologist who works for Indigenous Peoples and on issues of environment and human rights. This career path has taken her across the globe to some of the most remote and special places on earth. She presently teaches courses on Indigenous Peoples’ issues in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna, Austria. When her son was born she had him travel with her so he would be exposed to the diversity of the world in terms of peoples and places.

She studied art and initially began her career as an arts administrator in the Bay Area. She worked at Headlands Center for the Arts during the residence of native Haida artists as they carved a totem pole and a canoe and later worked supporting homeless artists in the Tenderloin. Most recently she curated a family program with artists from San Francisco’s Mission District for the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

Her family chose to settle in La Honda, a small community in the Santa Cruz Mountains, so that her son could have a life filled with outdoor adventures. They spend time in many of the places FTC holds its camps.

She is excited to combine her arts, anthropology and teaching background and join Jay in helping your children explore and learn.

Hi. My name is Pepa. I'm from Spain, Granada, I work at Stanford MRI. I love animals. Years ago, I wanted to become a vet but changed my mind to something cheaper and faster. I decided to do something to help sick people instead. I loved my zoology and biology classes, and look forward to sharing my passion for aquatic life with your children. I have two kids, Gael and Nereia, 8 and 6. We left SF 10 years ago and moved to La Honda where we my kids were born. I love the quiet environment, the rural living, and of course the trees and animals. While living in the city I worked at the SF Zoo, cleaning, feeding and watching some of the animals in the petting zoo while sharing many happy moments with lots of children.

Hi. My name is Pepa. I'm from Spain, Granada, I work at Stanford MRI. I love animals. Years ago, I wanted to become a vet but changed my mind to something cheaper and faster. I decided to do something to help sick people instead. I loved my zoology and biology classes, and look forward to sharing my passion for aquatic life with your children. I have two kids, Gael and Nereia, 8 and 6. We left SF 10 years ago and moved to La Honda where we my kids were born. I love the quiet environment, the rural living, and of course the trees and animals. While living in the city I worked at the SF Zoo, cleaning, feeding and watching some of the animals in the petting zoo while sharing many happy moments with lots of children.