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Kendall first fell in love with the Child and Family Institute when she brought her oldest son Luke to Mornings in the Meadow in the Fall of 2001. After Luke, she had four more children, Tom, Harrison, Charlotte and Wilkes, who all attended the various Mornings, Afternoons, Teas and Evenings in the Meadow. The Rohlen family attended the Faithful Families programs at CFI for so many years that Luke could eventually drive himself to the Meadow! Kendall has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Latin American Studies from Southern Methodist University and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She worked in a research lab, as a Biology teacher, and as a middle school counselor prior to raising her five children. In her family time, she loves to hike, ride bikes, ski and enjoy nature with her husband, Duke, their five children and their two dogs. In her limited free time, she enjoys painting, drawing, photography, cooking and reading children’s books. She volunteers at Sacred Heart Schools, The Vi at Palo Alto, and St. Denis Parish. This is her first year teaching in the Meadow and sharing her love of children with our families. 

Memorable Family Tradition:

When our kids were very little, we started taking them to The San Francisco Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker every December to celebrate my birthday and the holidays. In the spirit of “keeping things simple,” as is often taught in the Meadow, I let the kids go in whatever clothes they felt comfortable in, and we didn’t worry if we were late, or needed to leave early. The idea was to have a lovely holiday experience together filled with wonder and magic. Everyone has their favorite scene, and each year we go back, we notice some little changes in the costumes, the scenery, or the choreography. We all look forward to this stress-free, joyous family time each year!

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