Resource StaffClaire Harty -- School Pyschologist
Claire joins us from Genesee Depot, Wisconsin. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and Ed.S. in School Psychology from the University of Minnesota. While at school, she researched achievement motivation, evaluated educational programs funded by the National Science Foundation, and was a member of the University of Wisconsin Dance Team. She previously worked in the Berkeley Unified School District before joining the Sausalito Marin City School District in 2017.As a nationally certified school psychologist, Claire’s goal is to use scientific thinking to help all students succeed. She loves to hike, try new restaurants, cheer for her beloved Wisconsin Badgers sports teams, and pet all of the dogs.Allura Lehrer -- Speech Language Pathologist
It was a circuitous path that took Allura to Willow Creek as our Speech and Language Pathologist. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada, with stops in Vermont and Hawaii before coming to the Bay Area, Allura has consistently focused on the needs of children, their parents, and the community of providers who serve them.
Allura received an undergraduate degree in biology and psychology from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and a Masters in Communication Sciences from the University of Vermont. Post graduation, she’s completed multiple certifications and trainings, including extensive work in the areas of behavior, social thinking, and augmentative communication.
Her professional career includes work in home health, private schools, and various public schools.
In her free time, Allura enjoys exploring the local area with friends, and traveling domestically and abroad.
Jennie Fung -- Resource Teacher
Born and raised right here in beautiful Marin County, Jennie always knew she wanted to be in education. She attended elementary and middle school in San Rafael and graduated from Terra Linda High School. After earning her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she returned to her hometown and began working in classrooms serving students with special needs.Eventually, Jennie went on to complete her dream to become a full fledged teacher and obtained a teaching credential from Sonoma State university. She feels fortunate to have been a part of the Sausalito Marin City School District since 2011, working at both Willow Creek Academy and Bayside/MLK. In her tenure as Resource Specialist, she strove to create an inclusive, loving, and supportive environment for students with learning disabilities. Recently, Jennie survived the thesis writing process and now holds a master’s in Education from Dominican University.
When she is not practicing spell casting or secretly trying to convert everyone into Hufflepuffs, you may find Jennie exploring dog friendly trails around Marin with her #1, Posey, checking out local musical theatre shows, painting her nails, or tending to her vast number of houseplants (all while drinking copious amounts of coffee).
Johnetta Maduakolam Smith -- Resource Teacher
Johnetta Maduakolam Smith is a Bay Area native who was born in San Francisco, CA. She was raised in both the Bay Area and in Northern California where she graduated from Willits High School.
Johnetta attended the University of San Francisco where she was awarded with her BA in Psychology and earned a Minor in Biology and she later returned to USF to work on her doctorate in Multicultural Education. She has been awarded all of her teaching credentials (Multiple Subjects and Special Education) and her Masters at San Francisco State University and completed her Administrative Credential at CSU East Bay. She is the only person in her family to graduate from college and get a graduate degree and an ABD.
Johnetta has been teaching since 1995. She started her educational career early in life when her brother was diagnosed with Autism in 1985. Upon graduating from college at USF, she began working in Ross as an Inclusion Support Behavioralist with BCRC in San Rafael, and she has been an educator and an advocate for students with disabilities in Oakland, San Leandro, Willits and Hayward for the past 17 years. She has also been passionately supporting her 17 year old son with Autism in inclusive settings.
Johnetta would like to empower young people not only to value education but also the importance of being compassionate and inclusive of all students, which will help provide future generations to have experience in embracing diversity and knowing that there is more than one way to describe an elephant. She believes that all perspectives matter and all perspectives are needed to have a really clear picture about what is important.
Johnetta is a wife, a mother of a three year old daughter who will be going to Robin's Nest and a seventeen year old son who will be a senior graduate with the Class of 2020. She enjoys being at church, cooking for family and friends, writing grants, taking photographs, developing yearbooks and is often on family outings to Disneyland, Broadway Shows, Raiders, Warriors and A's games. She has a passion for African drumming and dancing, and really loves singing loud and off key to Hamilton.