Support StaffPosted by Tara Seekins on 8/15/2014 10:00:00 AMTaria Cordova -- Kindergarten Assistant TeacherTaria Cordova is a Marin City native, WCA parent and a graduate of San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts with a minor in Animation. She has a passion for education and has mentor children for decades. Taria also alumni of College of Marin where graduated with two associate degrees and with ECE credential. She has become a speaker and advocate for the higher education system and has spoken on varies topics that affect diverse communities.
Taria dabbles in the creative and fine arts. She loves making models, designing sets as well as panting and jewelry making.Gabriel Leonoudakis -- 2nd Grade Assistant Teacher
Gabriel grew up in the richly diverse and artistic city of San Francisco. He studied Psychology and Fine Art at UC Santa Cruz and went on to receive his Masters degree in illustration.
Gabriel is an accomplished painter and fine artist, and is an art media specialist in acrylic, oil, gouache, and watercolor. In his illustration career, Gabriel had the opportunity to illustrate the Holiday Banners for Tiburon, the California Earthquake brochure, Interpretive Panels for The Sonoma Wine Trail, designed art for the Red & White Fleet, created organizational development process maps for the CDC, PG&E, SYSCO, and many others, as well as designing brands and logos for many Bay Area companies. Gabriel is also a children’s book author & illustrator who created his first book in 2011, called “The Fish Below Began to Glow”, and a second book called “The Buffalo and the Bee”. He has many more stories in the works.
He went on to teach color and design fundamentals at Academy of Art University, taught art workshops at Cornerstone Academy, was an Art Educator for Artspan, and teaches art lessons.
Gabriel is all about unleashing the creative mind and harnessing its potential for solving complex problems, imparting his artistic wisdom, and sharing his extensive knowledge of science and the natural world. When he isn’t teaching or making art, Gabriel is riding his bike on Mt. Tam, surfing at Ocean Beach, and snowboarding in Tahoe.Jasmin Hall -- Student Support Specialist (5-8)I first joined the Willow Creek Academy staff in 2012 as a Student Support Specialist with a desire to assist our students in becoming better critical thinkers and communicators. As of Fall of 2018-2019, I am excited to move into the role of After School Program Director. I am a parent myself with my two sons, Robert and Kernus, who graduated from Willow Creek Academy.I am invested in this school as a part of my community. I want to be supportive to the students and families of Willow Creek Academy through proactive practices of restorative justice, dialoguing, community building, encouragement, and accountability. I believe in the power of self-reflection and I want to teach our students to use it as a tool that helps guide them in making productive choices for themselves and their community.Jaime Crowe -- Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Jaime was born and raised in Marin County. She attended “Our Lady of Loretto” in Novato and “Marin Catholic High School” In Kentfield. After that she worked in Customer Service for the airline, retail and mortgage industries.
After spending some years in the East Bay, she moved back to Marin with her son Kai who attends Willow Creek Academy. Since the first day that Kai started Kindergarten, she found out that the environment at school was so welcoming and with so much diversity that she decided to volunteer in the classroom. She realized that her dream job would be to work as an assistant teacher at WCA. For the past 3 years, she has been a regular volunteer at school driving for field trips, helping in classroom in all that was needed, etc.
Her goal is not only to help the children to excel in school, but also being focused on providing a fun and safe school experience for all the students.
She enjoys to spend time with her son, family and friends while enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery in Marin. Her hobbies include outdoor activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, and travelling.Joel Villalobos -- Student Support Specialist (5-8)Joel Villalobos was born in San Francisco and raised in Richmond, California where his passion for education began. All the support gained through various mentors motivated him to pursue working with students in order to give others the same support he was given all throughout his educational experience. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and majored in Environmental Studies with a minor in Education. Throughout college he worked in various settings with students. Joel worked in summer camp programs with the YMCA and COSMOS, which is a 4-week program that supports gifted students in math and science. Joel has also worked in a more traditional classroom setting in Costanoa High School, a continuation school located in Santa Cruz. There he maintained great student relationships with students who often had behavioral issues with the intention to increase their academic success.
Recently he finished a year working as a Teaching Assistant and Mentor at Tahoma High School in San Jose. He worked closely with 9th and 12th graders in their academics and provided emotional support throughout the day. That experience increased his passion to pursue counseling as it is often undervalued and forgotten. Joel loves to bring humor when working with students as well as encourage students to strive for their best in and outside the classroom. Joel is excited to bring his joy and passion for assisting students to Willow Creek Academy this upcoming year.Sumaira Modan -- 1st Grade Literacy Assistant Teacher
Sumaira Modan has been living in the Bay Area for the past 15 years. She grew up in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto where she received a B.S. in Psychology specializing in child development. Over the years, Sumaira has volunteered and has helped new immigrant families get assimilated into their new society.This will be Sumaira’s fifth year as an assistant teacher in 1st grade at Willow Creek. Sumaira has been a parent volunteer since 2004. She has a son in 9th grade and a daughter who is in her 2nd year of university. Both are WCA graduates. She has seen WCA grow and flourish into a wonderful school with a strong foundation for our students. She enjoys the diverse community and appreciates the parents’ involvement with the school. She speaks four languages, other than English, and loves to learn about new cultures. Her hobbies include baking, gardening, and hiking.Guillaume Pfahl -- Head ChefBorn and raised in San Francisco with French upbringing, Chef Guillaume wanted to work in the culinary world since a young age. Raised in a home where both his father and grandmothers cooked homemade, family recipes, Guillaume found that the most common thread in life is family and food.With over 15 years experience, Guillaume brings a wide range of technique and creativity to the WCA Conscious Kitchen. Guillaume started his culinary journey at the local Sausalito restaurant, Angelino's. After building a base of technique from an Italian perspective, he worked at a Michelin Star restaurant in his family's hometown of Nice, France. There he learned the art of French cuisine with a Japanese twist, an experience that shaped the chef he is today. Upon returning from France, Guillaume supported the opening of local Sausalito Cafe, Cibo, where he truly learned the importance of local, sustainable cuisine. After his time there, he held two Executive Sous Chef positions at the St. Francis Yacht Club and at Taste Catering in San Francisco.When Guillaume is not serving organic, fresh meals to WCA students, he spends his time with his family in Larkspur, CA. He enjoys exploring Mt Tam by Mountain bike and hiking with his wife and dog.