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, she holds elementary and secondary teaching credentials as well as National Board Certification in English Language Development.
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.Emily Darawish -- Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)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.Emily taught third grade at Willow Creek for three years, and then worked as part of the administration and leadership team at Willow Creek for two additional years. Emily worked in San Francisco at Edison Charter School as a Spanish-Dual Immersion Kindergarten teacher until she decided to take a few years off to be with her children. Eventually, she moved from San Francisco to Sausalito. Emily is excited to be part of the Willow Creek Academy staff again, and to work with the children and families of the school community. Outside of work, Emily enjoys yoga, gardening, hiking, traveling, spending time with her family, reading, and hanging out at the beach.Paige Rosenthal -- After School Program Director
This will be Paige’s third year working with After-School Explorers, and it will be her first year as the Director. Prior to joining the Willow Creek Community, Paige received her Master’s at Columbia University in developmental psychology. She specialized in social and emotional learning. She is also currently working towards her second Master’s in school psychology.
Paige has worked with kids in multiple capacities, including being a ski instructor at Deer Valley Ski Resort in her hometown of Park City, UT. She has lived in many places, but is happy to call the Bay Area home. She enjoys hiking, biking and beaching on her weekends.