David Singleton, Physical Education
After a brief stint living in Chicago, David returned and settled in Berkeley. He became a member of a collective that owned two bicycle shops and, within a year, he was a fully sponsored mountain bike racer. A few years later, David began working for the YMCA of Marin. As a campus counselor & after school program coordinator for high risk, and drug/alcohol addicted teens, David enjoyed providing much needed services to students of Marin City and the Canal area of San Rafael. After two years, David was offered the opportunity to teach tennis at the Presidio in San Francisco, and to teach Physical Education part time to budget-strapped schools ... and that is how he landed here at Willow Creek Academy. During the same year, he also coached the Marin Catholic Men's Varsity Tennis Team.
Kelly is a graduate of Dominican University with a BA in Humanities and Cultural Studies and a Certificate in Sustainable Practices. She is currently getting her teaching credential at Dominican and is very excited to be completing her program as a student teacher at Willow Creek Academy. She came to Willow Creek in 2009 as a volunteer with Marin School Volunteers and soon after began an internship and senior thesis project focused on bringing garden and nutrition programs to schools. Kelly worked as a cooking and nutrition teacher with GrowingGreat Marin City for three years and is now the program director and instructor for the Sausalito Marin School District and Willow Creek Academy. She is looking forward to another great year of gardening, nutrition and cooking healthy snacks and meals with the students.
Born and raised in Indiana, Kelly lived in Steamboat Springs, CO and Ashland, OR before finally making it to Northern California and Mill Valley (like Disneyland for Midwesterners!) She thinks the best things about living in the Bay Area are the mild weather and year-round access to delicious, healthy foods. Kelly grew up gardening, harvesting and cooking with food from her grandparent’s farm. She believes in introducing students to healthy homemade snacks grown in the garden at school, so that they can begin to understand that food comes from the earth. Working as a personal chef for a family for 12 years, Kelly learned that kids will eat fruits and vegetables of all shapes, sizes and colors, if they have planted, harvest, washed and prepared the snack with their own hands.
Kelly enjoys cooking, gardening, cycling, hiking, swimming, yoga, snowboarding, movies, music and family vacations!
Coach PaHoua is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin. PaHoua received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she double majored in English and Biology. She combined her education in communication and science by working in several nonprofit environmental education organizations in Wisconsin, eventually making her way to California. After three years of working as an outdoor educator in the Santa Cruz Mountains and in the Marin Headlands, PaHoua yearned for longer-term interaction with students, and joined Playworks in the summer of 2012. She is excited to be part of Willow Creek Academy this school year! Please do introduce yourself if you see her on campus!
Kids and adults alike are usually curious as to what PaHoua’s ethnicity is: she is Hmong! The Hmong are indigenous people from the mountainous regions of Laos, China, Vietnam and Thailand in Southeast Asia. The first part of her name “Pa” means flower, and the second part of her name “Houa” means cloud or wind. Together, PaHoua’s name means fog.