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

Joined Kroka: 2019

Bio: Ruby grew up exploring the hills and surfing the coast of northern California. After an unconventional childhood education, Ruby completed a UC California Naturalist Training, a NOLS Wilderness First Responder, and a 3-year Waldorf Teacher Training. Her experiences as an outdoor educator in and around Marin and Sonoma Counties began at a young age, and include: teaching summer and afterschool programs at the Vilda Foundation; working as a forest preschool teacher at Tender Tracks; contracting with Waldorf Schools to lead backpacking trips; teaching in the Kindergarten at Heartwood; and teaching surf clinics and lessons in the summers through 2 Mile and Marin Outdoor Adventure.

An educator by day and an artist by night, Ruby spent six years crafting handmade and custom leather shoes, making her own clothing, experimenting with local plant dyes, and dipping innumerable beeswax candles. Always passionate about food and agriculture, Ruby worked on Marin Roots Farm, volunteered her time at Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, and helped with the Marin Community Farmstand in the San Geronimo Valley.
Ruby has taught both summer and semester programs with Kroka, including the 2019 Roaring Canyons Semester and the 2020 Legends of the Rio Grande Semester. After many wonderful months adventuring with her semester students this fall, she is thrilled to be back home in CA. 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.