Tara grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Everyone in her family works in public schools: her dad is a maintenance worker, her mom is a paraprofessional, and her sister teaches special education! Tara graduated from Smith College with a degree in English and Classics. After completing a Master's degree in English at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Tara joined Teach for America and taught fourth grade in San Jose for four wonderful years. In addition to her administrative credential, she holds elementary and secondary teaching credentials as well as National Board Certification in English Language Development.
As a graduate student at UC Berkeley, Tara taught at San Quentin's Prison University Project, directed the Street Law program at the Alameda County Juvenile Hall, and advocated for low-income families at the East Bay Community Law Center. She was a founding member of the campus-wide Restorative Justice Committee, and she interned at the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. She earned her Master's degree from Berkeley's Graduate School of Education and her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law. She continues to support new school administrators as an assistant instructor of Law and Policy at Cal's Principal Leadership Institute.
Tara is grateful to live in the Marin Headlands with her husband and their dog, cat, and two chickens. She loves traveling, cooking, reading, and hiking our amazing local trails.
Julius Cross -- Assistant Head of School
Julius grew up in Fairfield, California with his parents, two brothers, and sister. While in college, he worked as a counselor at Walden House Incorporated in San Francisco where he helped youth struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Julius has nine years of experience as a Special Education teacher at the high school and middle school levels. He is also a football coach!
Julius is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He earned a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School while working as a Technical Support Engineer for Hewlett Packard and teaching computer repair and networking at a vocational college. Julius completed his Administrative Credential and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at UC Berkeley's Principal Leadership Institute. Recently, he was invited to serve on a regional committee for the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
When Julius is not encouraging students to succeed, you can find him spending time with his family, riding his bike, reading, and competing in recreational sports.