Ruby Pinyuh-Derovan
Kroka West Program Coordinator, Semester Program Faculty

Joined Kroka: 2019

Education: UC California Naturalist Training 2015, NOLS Wilderness First Responder, Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training 3-year Grades/High School training

Bio: Ruby grew up exploring the hills and surfing the coast of Northern California. Her experiences as an outdoor educator in California began at a young age, and include: teaching summer and afterschool nature programs; working as a forest preschool teacher; contracting with Waldorf Schools to lead backpacking trips; teaching in a Kindergarten; and teaching surf clinics and lessons in the summers. An educator by day and an artist by night, Ruby spent six years professionally crafting handmade and custom leather shoes, as well as making her own clothing, experimenting with local plant dyes, and dipping innumerable beeswax candles. Always passionate about food and agriculture, Ruby worked on farms and at farm stands in the Bay Area, cooked for several families, and volunteered her time at Salmon Protection and Watershed Network. After teaching her first semester at Kroka Expeditions (Roaring Canyons 2019) Ruby had a brief sojourn working full-time on farms in Santa Cruz and the Big Sur Mountains: tending bees, milking goats, and harvesting rows and rows of lettuces. Upon returning to Kroka, Ruby taught summer programs and designed and taught the humanities curriculum for the Legends of the Rio Grande 2020 Semester.  When she’s not teaching (and sometimes when she is!) you can find Ruby dancing on her longboard in the waves, munching on wild edible foods in the woods, or playing irish fiddle tunes somewhere with a view.

Favorite Things about Kroka: Swimming in the pond at sunrise, exploring wild places and petting Fern (the cow)

Personal Passions: surfing, foraging, backpacking, tide-pooling, weaving, fiddle-playing, laughing and storytelling