AdministrationTara Seekins -- Head of SchoolTara came on board as Willow Creek Academy's Assistant Head of School in 2011 and became the Head of School in 2016. She loves our school's diversity, its emphasis on teaching the whole child through creative and responsive pedagogy, and the unique support it receives from community leaders in Sausalito and Marin City.
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, Tara holds elementary and secondary teaching credentials, National Board Certification in English Language Development, and California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Certification.
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.Kristine Duran -- Assistant Head of SchoolKristine is delighted to be moving into the role of Assistant Head of School! She is a graduate of the Masters in Education and administrative credential program at San Francisco State University, and she looks forward to a new phase of her career at Willow Creek.After obtaining her credential, Kristine moved to California City (in the Mojave Desert) and taught first grade. A year later, she moved to Sonoma County and entered a Reading and Language Master’s program at Sonoma State. A short time later, Kristine was happy to find a job as an assistant teacher in the K/1 class at Willow Creek, and a year later found herself teaching the the school's second first grade class. Kristine loves Willow Creek and is constantly amazed at the insights that our brilliant children have.Emily Darawish grew up in Northern California, Louisiana, and Alaska, and eventually settled in the Bay Area after earning a Spanish-Bilingual Teaching Credential from San Diego State University. Emily has a BA in Spanish/Cross-Cultural Studies from Whitworth University and Masters in Education from Dominican University. She began her career teaching in southern San Diego County, then worked in the San Francisco Unified School District for three years before coming to Willow Creek Academy to teach third grade in 2006.
Steve Wiig -- After School Program Director
Mr. Steve was born & raised in Upper Michigan near Lake Superior. He is the oldest of four children and both of his parents (and most of his aunts and uncles) were school teachers. He was voted “Most Artistic” of his graduating high school class. While studying the arts and psychology at Northern Michigan University, he was a disc jockey at the college radio station and artist at the local comic book store before moving to Minnesota where he met his future wife and began working in the music industry. After first coming to the Bay Area in the mid-1990s for projects at the legendary lant Recording Studio in Sausalito, Steven and his wife Patricia later settled here upon getting married in 2001. They spent many years traveling the world before becoming parents in 2006.
When their son Magnus started Kindergarten at Willow Creek Academy in 2011, Steve became more involved on the campus, in the classroom and at Little League baseball. For several years he led his popular after school Drawing Class, taught drum lessons (along with some guitar) and more recently Drama. He continues to be involved in both music and film production and is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union. In 2015, he graduated from the Sausalito Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy and in 2018, was awarded Manager of the Year by Sausalito Marin City Little League.
With his many years of experience at Willow Creek and familiarity with the after-school program, Steve enthusiastically accepted the role After-School Program Director and strives to help its Explorers continue to evolve, thrive and grow.