Robb Rye Ramos, Assistant Director
Robb began his work with children in 1991 in Vermont where he worked at a residential school for medically, physically, and emotionally challenged youth. From there he moved into public education teaching first-grade and serving on a team of 8 mental health specialists. Working primarily with children defined by their neurological health diagnosis Robb gained great knowledge in crisis intervention, understanding behavior in young children, fostering positive relationships with children and families, and providing support for children at risk. In 2004, Robb became one of 30 founding staff members at a public charter school in Washington D.C. There he worked with a small team of educators to develop a rich early childhood program, including learning objectives for children and guiding principles for teaching. It was there that Robb learned that his true love for education and teaching rested with the youngest of our youth. "Their innocence and curiosity is so inspiring and creates a natural pallet for learning. I don’t take lightly knowing that I am one of the first lines of defense in their learning, in their lives. And I love everything that they teach me.” Robb ventured to San Francisco in 2007 and continued his work and study in Early Childhood Education. In 2012, he joined Fern in her work with children and families. In 2016 he became the Assistant Director of Growing Place Family Preschool. Robb often uses art as a tool in his work with children and has produced several exhibitions showcasing child-produced fine art, including a photo essay that was used as a school wide teaching tool for diversity and inclusion, a district wide project that included work from over 2000 students reflecting on their feelings in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States, and a collaborative art exhibition with children that benefitted a pediatric AIDS foundation. His most recent endeavor was LOVE, ART & GROW, a fine art exhibition of work by GPFP's children. Robb’s knowledge of children and development has come from his studies at UMASS Amherst, City College of San Francisco, internships and continued professional development.