Meet the people who work in classrooms and behind the scenes in Religious Explorations at RVUUF.
Aleyda Mark teaches in the R.E. nursery. She was born in Peru and has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Tropical Forest Management. She has lived in Southern Oregon for about nine years and works as an instructional assistant at Talent Elementary and as a field instructor for Klamath Outdoor Science School. A mother of two young boys, Aleyda is excited to be part of the community at RVUFF.
Inga Leed serves Religious Explorations as a nursery instructor. Inga and her daughters, Clover and Ariana, became members of RVUUF in 2012. She has a Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education and currently works with young children.
Inga is excited to help the congregation’s youngest children expand their perceptions of themselves, each other, and the interdependent web in which we all live through consistency, nurturance, music, movement, and child-centered play.
Marla Dentino teaches a a new class for 3- to 5-year-olds. Marla has taught at RVUUF on-and-off for many years, following its many transitions, and has given many dedicated hours of service especially to the R.E. program.
Liz Bianco teaches elementary-age students in the “Rainforest Room.” She also serves as lead teacher for the Religious Explorations program.
Liz is inspired by connecting children with nature, divine love, active service, self-awareness, peace and equality. She has a B.A. degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and training in counseling. She has created and led programs for children in gardening on her own and other local farms and in various school gardens.
Liz teaches sign language at Willow Wind community learning center as well as co-facilitates girls’ empowerment circles. Liz’s experience includes running a preschool out of her home as well as guiding and counseling children/ teens in the wilderness and teaching hands on learning and art.
Margaret Mason teaches upper-elementary to middle-school age students in the “Music Room.”
Margaret is an avid outdoors person who finds pleasure in hiking, kayaking, rafting, back-country skiing, rock climbing and rappelling. She owns a media company, Bouldering Badger Media, which has an outdoor club attached to it.
Margaret is also a Post 9/11 caregiver for her husband who took a tour as a Marine in Iraq.
Margaret’s perfect day includes shopping (and eating) from our local farmers market, going on an outdoor adventure with friends and having lots of laughs. One of her life mottoes is “Learn and have fun.”