SpecialistsLauren Haberly -- Visual ArtsLauren Haberly is so excited to join the Willow Creek team after moving from Minneapolis, MN! Originally from Madison, WI, Lauren has a B.A in studio art and art history from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters of Education in visual art, also from the U of M. She has studied French and Spanish with terms abroad in both France and Spain. Prior to moving out west, Lauren taught elementary art in the Minneapolis area for four years, including at a Spanish Immersion school. Her instruction focuses on integration of core subjects into the arts, such as science, math and social studies, as well as World and local cultures, and teaching 21st century visual communication skills. When she isn’t teaching, she loves to draw the people and places around her, and explore the many museums and galleries of the North Bay Area! During the summer she loves to travel, drawing inspiration for the art she makes and teaches.Emilie Rohrbach -- Elementary MusicEmilie Rohrbach is so excited to be teaching music at Willow Creek Academy! Emilie graduated from Boston College with a degree in Theater and a minor in Faith, Peace, and Justice Studies. She holds an MFA in creative writing, nonfiction from Pacific University. Emilie is a certified Orff Schulwerk music and movement teacher, a certified Music Together teacher, and has had extensive training with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's director training program. Before coming to Willow Creek in 2012, Emilie spent four years teaching music and movement at Ring Mountain Day School and nine years teaching at Children's Day School in San Francisco where she founded the lower school music program and the middle school theater department. Emilie teaches piano, flute, guitar, ukulele, and voice and also works as a freelance writer, most recently as the music blogger for Marin Magazine. She enjoys teaching in developing countries over the summer, most recently at the exceptional school Shanti Bhavan in India.David Singleton -- Director of Play and Physical EducationDavid Singleton taught tennis in upstate New York/Western Massachusetts after attending U.C. Berkeley, and spent time as a touring tournament player. With a group of close friends, he also started a non-profit corporation in the early nineties, which focused primarily on providing, art, music, vocational, and educational resources to poor and at-risk young people. By tapping into the wealth of locally available talent, the group held many events and fund raisers, and used the proceeds to fund projects and activities within the communities of Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley. During that time David also spent two days a week volunteer tutoring young students in the Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco.
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.David emphasizes learning, hard work, big fun, inclusiveness, equality, and camaraderie amongst his students. David's primary concerns are educating people about nutrition, fitness, early-onset child diabetes, childhood obesity, and improved scholastic performance through physical activity. He also enjoys nurturing previously undiscovered ability, and the awakening of self-confidence in young people.
Lynnette Egenlauf -- Director of Play and Physical Education, Family and Community Outreach Coordinator
Lynnette Egenlauf is a Marin City Native. She graduated from Bayside Martin Luther King Jr Academy and went on to attend Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. After graduating from Tam High School she attended Alabama State University for 3 years. She returned back home to Marin and received her AA from College of Marin in Social and Behavior Science. While at College of Marin she played both Basketball and Softball. During her 2nd year she held the highest average in 3pt shots for the BVC conference. She is currently attending California State University East Bay where she will receive her BA in Kinesiology.
Lynnette has the utmost passion for teaching children of all ages and has given this passion back to her community. She has coached Softball and Basketball for the past 10 years. Currently, she coaches basketball for Marin Catholic High School, where she has been for the past 7 years, and CYO Star of the Sea. Lastly, she has a Non-profit organization called Work Hard Relax Later (W.H.R.L). Where she encourages Each player to be a student FIRST, athlete SECOND! By teaching children in the classroom and on the court she encourages them to work hard, stay humble, & dream big because she firmly believes a goal should scare you a little but excite you a lot!