Meet The Team

Carmen Rafdal

Bible Teacher

Carmen is originally from St. Louis and has lived in Dayton since 1993. She graduated from Beavercreek High School and studied ecological agriculture at Evergreen State College. She has worked 5 years as a fish cutter for Foremost Seafood where she has bonded with her coworkers and grown accustomed to the 35 degree cooler and marine aroma! She also serves as the youth leader at her church. Carmen joined KIND in 2017 after learning about the need for volunteers through her pastor. She has helped the kids with homework, led them on hiking and swimming excursions, and taught them how to manage the KIND garden, all the while teaching about God’s ways through experiences with nature. Carmen loves anything outdoors and is just waiting on some tectonic plates to shift so Ohio can get some mountains! She aspires to someday travel the world.

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Angela Rowe

Math Teacher

Angela graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in molecular biology and from University of Cincinnati with an MS in educational leadership. She has worked 5 years as a high school science teacher with Dayton Public Schools and 8 years with the Dublin Latchkey afterschool enrichment program. She joined KIND in 2018, where she teaches math and loves the cultural diversity and ability to share her faith in Christ with students. As a hobby, Angela enjoys art and painting.


Paula Yagisawa

Reading Teacher

Paula was born in Colorado, but growing up in a military family she does not consider herself to be “from” anywhere. After stops in Texas, California, New York, and even Germany, she settled in the Dayton area in 1987. She graduated from Cedarville College with a degree in elementary education and a minor in Bible. Originally planning to work with deaf students, she took time off after college to start her family and launched her own embroidery design and education business. Paula joined KIND in February 2019 and works mainly with the reading program. She loves to see kids of all ages developing and asking questions! Her husband is Japanese and she hopes to move to Japan in 2020 or 2021. Still learning Japanese, she can really relate to our students who are learning English as a second language.

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Anna Harbaugh

Writing Teacher

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Hellen Estrella

Writing Teacher

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Tim Mitchell

STEM Teacher

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Thomas Yagisawa

Social & Emotional Learning Teacher

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MaryBeth Pope

Food Teacher


School Year Hours:

M-Th  4:30pm-6:30pm

Summer Hours

M-Th  10:00am-3:00pm