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.Jasmin Hall -- After School Program DirectorI 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. I am looking forward to this year and to working with our After School Program team and faculty leadership.