Friends of the Class

The following individuals and organizations have made significant contributions to our class.

Batteries Plus, Santa Rosa

The staff at Batteries Plus provided honest, authoritative old-time advice and several creative ideas in my efforts to put together a set of off-the-grid solar lighting projects for our class camping expeditions.

Batteries Plus repairs broken Apple devices, including iPads, iPhones and iPods, most Samsung devices and many more. The store is licensed for Electronic Repair Service through the California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair. They're a one-stop-shop for all battery and light bulb needs, with thousands of batteries and light bulbs available! Light Bulb assortment includes Incandescent, CFL, LED, Auto, Halogen, Decorative, HID, and ballasts too. They also rebuild cordless tool battery packs, manufacture custom packs and recycle all used batteries.


Dancing Mama K.D.

K.D. greatly enriched our Ancient India block by transforming the room with her extensive collection of authentic Indian cloths and artistic pieces.

She also came in every day for three weeks to lead our class through the ancient discipline of Yoga, telling ancient legends of the Avatars as well as personal stories from her travels through India.

Tom Segura, Boatbuilder

Tom went out of his way to provide our class with an excellent day-long, hands-on tutorial on the design and construction of his winning competition boat design. Our class launched three teams in the 2017 Bodega Bay Wooden Boat Challenge, sweeping the field with First, Second, and Third Place wins in the Elementary Youth Division.

A native of France, Tom came to the United States at a young age. He grew up in Southern California where he developed his passion for the water. His interests in woodworking and the ocean converged in the mid-70s when he starting building custom yachts. For the next 20 years, Tom continued to hone skills in not only woodworking, but the other materials and technology he continues to use in his furniture today.

Tom has been designing and building unique, site specific pieces since starting Tom Segura Furniture in 1994. Modern lines and the unique features of the materials, including concrete, metal and glass, serve as the foundation for Tom’s furniture designs. Tom’s interests outside of his business include kayaking and sailing with his family, gardening in his yard and working on his home. He also enjoys volunteering at the Petaluma River Heritage Center and competing in the Boat Building Challenge. Originally from Marseille, France, Tom speaks fluent English and French.

Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media exists to serve Native producers and Indian country in partnership with public television and radio. Vision Maker Media works with Native producers to develop, produce and distribute educational telecommunications programs for all media including public television and public radio. Vision Maker Media supports training to increase the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives producing quality public broadcasting programs, which includes advocacy efforts promoting increased control and use of information technologies and the policies to support this control by American Indians and Alaska Natives.

A key strategy for this work is the development of strong partnerships with tribal nations, Indian organizations and Native communities. Reaching the general public and the global market is the ultimate goal for the dissemination of Native produced media that shares Native perspectives with the world.