Sheryl Goto

I’ve been at the Fellowship and a PreK – K volunteer for over 20 years. I’ve enjoyed creating a safe space for our students to be themselves and learn about UUism. I also work in Children’s Services at the Carlsbad City Library. I find my joy working with children.





Danielle Rubenfeld
Staff teacher

Hello, my name is Danielle. I am 27 years old and a resident of Carlsbad. I’ve lived here for fifteen years and I love it! I am currently a student at Cal State San Marcos Majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. I have been working at the UUFSD for 5 years. The first two years I worked in the Pinecones class for children 3 and under. I moved into the Kindergarten class for 3 years and most recently started working along side other RE teachers for kids in 1st to 3rd grade. I really love teaching the amazing children at the fellowship, the wonderful community relationships built at UUFSD and I look toward to many more years to come!


Gloria Rubenfield
Staff teacher

I am a single Mom of two wonderful daughters. We have lived in the city of Carlsbad since we moved from Los Angeles in 2004. I have worked in retail and as a patient care coordinator for a hearing aid provider. I have been working at the UUFSD for two years. It has been a joy to work with the amazing staff, families and children. Thank you for the opportunity.

Liora Kian-Gutierrez

Teaching the pre-K/K class has been the most rewarding service opportunity for me at UUFSD. I have been doing this for about 20 years. My husband of 41 years (Lou) and I joined the Fellowship so our son (Armand) could benefit from the RE program. After he was grown, I found myself still enjoying teaching. My co-teachers Sheryl Goto & Danielle Rubinfeld are a joy to work with our Fellowship children. Sheryl and I have been co-teachers for 20 years.
Lou and I enjoy spending lots of time with our local Grand Nieces and Grand Nephew (ranging in age from 14 to 3 years) helps me stay in tune with what children are enjoying in books, toys and movies. Lou and I are also big Disney fans with an annual pass for the last 25 years. We are so glad his wife is a Disney fanatic too. Armand married his best friend in December 2019 and we are so blessed to now have a daughter.
My educational background includes a BA in Sociology and an MA in Education. I retired 2017 with 38 years of service at the University of California, San Diego as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Teaching RE at the Fellowship was always something to look forward to when I was simultaneously working with college students at UC San Diego. Since retirement, I have more time to focus on lesson plans for our Fellowship children. It is always a joy watching them learn and grow.


Ernest (Ernie) Dun

Ernie was born and raised in Stockton, CA. He has lived on the East coast in New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. He served two tours in Korea and one in Germany in the Army, as well as being stationed in Texas, Hawaii, and San Francisco. He has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Sacramento State and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Southern California. He was in an advanced program in Child and Family Studies at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, studying family and play therapies. He is an Our Whole Lives (OWL) program facilitator for K-12 through Adult curriculums. His wife of 30+ years is from China. They have a daughter (27) and a son (23). He enjoys Religious Education work, especially meeting with teens. He also enjoys photography and maintaining a healthy life style. He has lived in Oceanside since 2014.


Katherine Buffington
Staff teacher

Katherine has been teaching RE for several years and relishes the chance to tackle difficult theological and moral questions with children of all ages. When she’s not teaching, she can be found cross-stitching or geeking out over graphic novels.

Colin Watts
Girl in a jacket

Colin is a life long Unitarian Universalist and considers UUFSD his home congregation. He has been involved in many leadership opportunities through DeBenneville Pines (the UU affiliated camp in Angelus Oaks, CA). He has served the Religious Education program at UUFSD for a number of years. First as Alison’s assistant for two years, and then a teacher in a classroom, and now as a childcare provider. He currently attends Mira Costa Community College and is a sophomore who is considering either History or Counseling as a major.