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Jean Bishop, Resource Teacher

(831) 475-6812 x17

I moved to Santa Cruz with my family in 2015 to raise our little one in a beautiful natural environment near friends and “cousins” for Kai to grow up with.  After many wonderful years living in the bustle of San Francisco and Oakland we were excited to change our pace and move to the slow coast to share beach days, redwood groves and river walks with Kai.  

I fell in love with Santa Cruz when I came to Soquel as a teenager from central California to work as a camp counselor at Hidden Falls Girl Scout Camp, down the road from Mountain School.  I then went to college at UC Santa Cruz and after graduating moved to the Bay Area where I took my first job in a classroom as a one-on-one behavioral aide.  I have been working in education ever since.  For over twenty years I have served children as a special education teacher, educational therapist, foster-youth advocate, children’s crisis counselor, behavioral coach, preschool and yoga teacher.  

I was drawn to Mountain School because of the whole child, arts integrated and hands-on teaching practices that define it. It being a small school with a glowing reputation, nestled in lovely mountain scenery with a creek on the property (including peacocks), was very appealing to me as well!  It is wonderful to be part of the Mountain school community and work with such dynamic and passionate professionals.  I love the collaborative work we do together to align curriculum and teaching practices to serve all students and I look forward to continued program development at this amazing school.

As the resource specialist I provide academic intervention in the core academic subjects as well as study skills coaching for organization, time and task management, goal setting, planning and progress monitoring.  Because learning is social and emotional as well as cognitive it is imperative that students become aware of their self-image, self-talk and stress responses to challenges.  Helping students to regulate their energy, attention and emotions toward learning is crucial for academic growth.  I work with students to improve their self-care and advocacy skills, to take ownership of their unique learning styles and needs and to have confidence to employ strategies that help them access their greatest potential.

My intention as a teaching advocate is to be grounded, kind and flexible when supporting children with learning challenges. i am the container of the learning relationship, the one who holds the space and sets the tone. It is my responsibility to be calm and clear in my delivery, and to be present and attentive to the internal mindscape and emotional needs of my students. Learning potential grows out of relationships based on trust and mutual respect. My students feel cared for by me and believe that I have an investment in their growth and development. 

jean bishop


  • support students to identify their strengths and sources of creativity to address challenges
  • provide students with the skills and strategies to break up difficult tasks into manageable parts
  • incorporate self-awareness practices to foster meta-cognitive skills and emotional resiliency
  • promote a growth mindset for life long learning


  • MA Special Education, San Francisco State University
  • Level II Education Specialist Teaching Credential (K-12), San Francisco State University
  • BA Cultural Anthropology & Women’s Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Early Childhood Education, Cabrillo College


  • Silicon Valley Math Initiative
  • Monterey Bay Area Math Project
  • Mindful Schools
  • Orton-Gillingham Reading Methodology: Institute for Multi-Sensory Education
  • Making Math Real
  • Teaching Yoga to Youth, Niroga Institute
  • Yoga Calm for Children
  • Yoga Teacher Training, Nosara Yoga Institute, Costa Rica