Meegan went on to teach 1st and 5th grade in a public elementary school in culturally diverse La Mirada, CA while getting her Master’s in Multicultural Education. Three years later, Meegan was chosen to be a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) helping K-5 teachers with their literacy and technology instruction as well as facilitating a teacher buddy program designed to help integrate the different cultures within the community. During her time as a TOSA, Meegan attended intensive literacy training which she used to grow the Academic Volunteer Mentor program at her school site.
Raised in Marin, Meegan loves cooking, gardening, hiking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her two kids, husband, friends, and family. Meegan is thrilled to be a part of the Willow Creek community!
Carter was born and raised in Orange County, California where his career as an educator began at La Serna High School implementing active learning into three classes of World Civilization and two classes of U.S. History. This experience prepared him for 5 years of instruction at Santa Fe Springs High School where he taught Geography, World Civilization, U.S. History and Freshman Studies to 9th, 10thand 11th graders.
While teaching at the high school level and coaching baseball for four years at the college level, he oversaw the “At Risk” program for incoming 9th graders, which offered extended support, both socially and academically, to students moving from middle school to high school. He also served as the schools D.A.T.E. (Drug Alcohol Tobacco Education) coordinator. Carter is currently in his second year at Sir Francis Drake High School coaching varsity baseball as the hitting and outfielder instructor.
He strongly values a hands-on, project-based style of educating that engages students and makes learning a memorable and enjoyable experience. Whether teaching or coaching, his philosophy comes from a role model, John Wooden, which is that great coaching and educating will raise expectations of students and with the proper support and instruction, they will rise to the challenge!
Carter loves Marin for its accessibility to hiking, backpacking, and camping and canbe found on any available weekend camping up and down Marin with his wife, 6year-old son and 3 year-old daughter. Carter also loves bass fishing at Lake Shasta and taking the ferry to a Giants game with his family.
Lori O'Brien, Upper School Coordinator and 6th Grade Math Teacher
Lori has been a math chair, data director, and lead teacher at three of her schools. Additionally, she participated on three curriculum development committees. She believes strongly that the love of learning is fostered through engaging lessons and hands-on learning. Lori has a passion for education; she attends seminars and workshops to continue to develop her skills and knowledge base. Recently she attended mathematics instruction, 21st Century learners, technology, and project based teaching as part of her commitment to professional development.
Lori believes strongly in the value and worth of all individuals and works tirelessly as an educator and volunteer to promote the empowerment of youth and conscious living. She lives in Sausalito with her family and cat, Luna. Long walks, reading, and quiet mediation are her favorite pastimes, along with visiting with friends. You will often see her walking or riding her bike in Sausalito.