AdministrationEmily Cox -- Head of SchoolEmily originally hails from Washington DC and is joining WCA with 25 years of educational experience, serving as a teacher and principal in both traditional public and public charter schools. Emily started her career as a high school French teacher in Baltimore Public Schools, and then became a founding teacher and ultimately, the high school principal at the Boston Collegiate Charter School. After 9 years at Boston Collegiate, she was accepted into the highly competitive Boston Principal Fellowship, during which she spent one year learning and working at the Hernandez Two-Way Bilingual K-8 School while earning her Master’s degree in Educational Administration. Emily was subsequently selected to lead the Mather Elementary school, the first public elementary school in North America. One of the most diverse schools in the Boston Public School system, Emily’s 7-year tenure taught her the power of bringing communities together to support student success, building a dedicated educational team, and making smart strategic decisions that always put students first. Four years prior to joining WCA, Emily was a Graduate Student Teacher Supervisor at San Jose State University where she was instrumental in preparing future elementary school teachers to thrive in California Public Schools.
Emily is thrilled to live in Sausalito with her partner Teresa and their two amazing rescue dogs, Bean and Frankie. She loves to travel, is a singer/songwriter and is a huge outdoor activity enthusiast. She is also a volunteer for the Humane Society Animal Rescue Team.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.
Mehreen Ahmad -- Data Manager
Mehreen Ahmad has been living in Marin County for the past 5 years. She grew up in Pakistan, and got her Bachelor and Master degrees in Finance and Economics. She is married and has two daughters.She enjoys family time hiking, cooking, reading to her kids and reading fiction novels in her free time.
She has been part of the WCA after-school family for the past 3 years helping in various roles, from lead teacher to administrative assistant. She is excited to move into her new role as Data Manager and looking forward to being a part of this amazing team at WCA.Heidi Wiltsee -- Business AdministratorInspired by it’s dynamic and engaged community, Heidi has been a part of Willow Creek for the past 10 years, as both a parent and staff. Heidi has an undergraduate degree in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has a background in running programs for non-profit youth development organizations, including a cultural center for youth arts and activism and a youth-run music label. By far, her very favorite job has been being a mom.
In 2016, Heidi joined Willow Creek’s administrative team as the Business Administrator, assisting the Head of School and providing support in the front office to our local superhero, Ms. Aleshia. She loves being a part of the great vibe in the office, interacting with all of the incredibly cool kids, their families and our fantastic staff.
Heidi was a founding member of Willow Creek’s Parent Council, helping it to grow over the past 9 years and served as Co-President from 2017-2019. Over the years, she has been passionate about being a parent volunteer, jumping in to help both in the classroom and for the larger school community. Heidi has also greatly enjoyed seeing her two sons thrive at our school, including watching her oldest graduate from Willow Creek and move on to Tam High.
Heidi has traveled in 47 of the 50 states, and will always fondly remember living in Italy as an exchange student. She currently enjoys studying Italian, sampling the coffee shops of the Bay Area and having adventures with her awesome family. She is a huge fan of the SF Giants and the Sausalito/Marin City Little League. She aspires to someday learn to knit and bake great pies.