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Randy Baker

11th Grade Environmental Leadership Seminar and Government/Economics

Randy Baker holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University, a Master's in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University, and three teaching credentials in Social Science, Journalism, and Computer Applications.  Mr. Baker has been teaching at Terra Linda High School since 2003.  Prior to that, he ran his own instructional media business for over 17 years. However, his first professional jobs after college were as a radio news director and then reporting news and sports for a Santa Barbara TV station. Mr. Baker is married with two daughters and loves the outdoors! For over 40 years, he has enjoyed backpacking, rafting, kayaking, and biking. 

 

Sara Frack

9th Grade Biology and 11th/12th Grade AP Environmental Science

Sara Frack grew up in Marinwood where she attended Mary E. Silveira Elementary School, Miller Creek Middle School, and Terra Linda High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology Education from the University of Maryland and a Master's degree in English as a Second Language Teaching Methods from City University. Her years of hiking and biking in Marin and traveling on vacations gave her a passion for environmental protection. She chose science education because she felt that she could have the most impact by teaching the next generation about protecting the environment. Ms. Frack and her husband live in Marinwood with their three boys. Sara loves gardening, hiking, walking her dog, caring for her chickens, getting a cup of coffee with a friend, and reading when she gets a chance.

 

DAVE GARCIA

 

9TH GRADE HEALTH/P.E. 

Dave has been teaching Health, Physical Education, and Drivers Education at Terra Linda High School for 18 years, in addition to an ROP course in Emergency Services. David is a certified EMT and owner of a safety company. He is CPR and Safety certified and a Certified CPR/AED Instructor, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Reserve Police Officer. In addition, Mr. Garcia has been a Health Care Provider CPR/AED Instructor at Dominican University and Marin General Hospital for eight years. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University.

RAY MCCLINTOCK

LEAD TEACHER, 9TH Grade Environmental Leadership Seminar and GEOGRAPHY, and 10th Grade World History

Ray McClintock is a Northbay native, having been born and raised in Petaluma. Mr. McClintock graduated with distinction from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and received his teaching credential, as well as a Master of Arts in Education, from the University of California, Davis. Mr. McClintock enjoys sports and the outdoors, and coaches football and track & field at Terra Linda High School. Within the classroom, he follows a project-based curriculum for all of this classes, and pushes students to think critically about the world around them. His primary goal is to facilitate the growth of students in becoming environmental leaders for their local, national, and international communities. 

 

Allison Oropallo

11th Grade Environmental Engineering and Tech Design

Hailing from upstate New York, Ms. Oropallo attended University of Connecticut where she played Division I Women's Ice Hockey and The College of Saint Rose where she earned her degree in Applied Technology Education. She then earned her Master's in Education from S.U.N.Y Plattsburgh. Prior to teaching woodshop, photography and construction at Terra Linda High School, Ms. Oropallo taught for the Novato Unified School district and for Arlington Public Schools near Boston. While participating in HGTV's All-American Handyman series, she was voted Fan Favorite. Ms. Oropallo brings her incredible woodworking and engineering skills to the classroom to create a welcoming atmosphere for students to complete hands-on projects. 

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Alex Robins

11th Grade AP U.S. History

Alex Robins holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix. This is his third year at Terra Linda High School, having previously taught middle school Humanities in San Francisco. Mr. Robins strives to bring authentic learning experiences and deeper analysis of the "whys" and "hows" of history to his students. By focusing on empathy and equity, the hopes to bring the students a deep sense of connection to the world around them and the people and other species that inhabit the earth currently, as well as those that have come before them. While he has previously taught 10th grade English, World History, and Government at Terra Linda, Mr. Robins currently teaches AP U.S. History, doubling the size of the program and working to create more paths to success for the diverse student population. 

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David Tow

10th Grade Seminar

David Tow holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from UC Irvine and a Master in Education in Cross-Cultural Teaching. Before that, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from San Diego State University. He’s been a public school educator for seven years, having taught at all grade and ability levels, and spent the last six at Terra Linda High School, where he has doubled the Advanced Placement English Literature and Language programs, coached Mock Trial, led the journalism program, and worked to help Terra Linda High School best serve its diverse student body. Mr. Tow is a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher, who recently studied civic education and identity in Finland. He enjoys hiking and running outdoors, reading, and creative writing in almost any genre. 

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