Meet Our Staff

Our teachers are the heart of Neskowin Valley School. They are imaginative professionals who use their expertise to guide each child to enjoy learning and achievement through mastery of skills. The school’s integrated curriculum reflects the rich interests and diverse talents of its teachers. At NVS, each student’s innate intelligence and natural curiosity is fostered in an environment where children can grow confidently.

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SARI TULLIS

Head of School

Sari brings extensive experience in education and youth development to the leadership of Neskowin Valley School. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Sari spent several summers supporting the coastal community in immersive camp programming. Sari holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Science Education and Youth Development from the University of Redlands and a Master’s of Education from Vanderbilt University. With an emphasis on studying the unique interactions between the human and natural worlds, Sari is eager to return home to lead NVS in discovering our world’s past, celebrating its present, and protecting our future. In her free time, Sari can be found painting, jogging, training her dog Roger, and working on puzzles with her partner Ben.

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SARAH CREIGHTON

Office Manager/Interim Head of School

I am excited to step into the role of Interim Head Of School after being the Office Manager for the past 3 1/2 years. I have an extensive understanding of the role, a passion for education, and a deep love for children. I look forward to furthering our mission of nature-based education and maintaining our child-centered culture. 

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DAWN BUTCHER

Administrative Consultant

Since I spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book, it’s not surprising my first job out of college was as a children’s book editor in New York City. While there, I completed a master's degree in Educational Psychology at NYU and began my teaching career at an all boys school. In 2000, I moved to Oregon and began teaching in the Lake Oswego School District, where I was also an Instructional Leader and New Teacher Mentor. When I retired from classroom teaching and moved to the Oregon Coast in 2018, I hoped to find a way to stay involved in education, and I couldn’t be happier that NVS has given me that opportunity. I’m so excited to be helping with the plan for the school to reopen in Fall 2021!