Our Teachers

Lisa Crawford

9th Grade English

Lisa is excited to join the MSEL staff as the new Freshmen English teacher. Lisa comes from the “he open green spaces of Davenport, Iowa, right along the muddy Mississippi River. Her teaching philosophy is built on creating relationships with each of her students. She wants to support them in pursuing their goals. In the classroom, Lisa prides herself on “breaking down complex concepts and tasks into comprehensible strategies and skills.” Challenging her pupils to “see themselves as leaders,” is her primary goal this year. She intends to build a foundation for their pursuit of academic excellence. Lisa hopes they’ll embrace this challenge by improving their “close reading, research, note-taking, creative, and critical thinking skills.” Lisa loves nature. “I live in West Marin on the floor of the redwood forest along the Lagunitas Creek. The forest and the beach are two of my best friends. They delight me and console me, and they give me the space to expand my thoughts and find peace in the moments that I am in their presence. “

 

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.

 

Brent Lumsden

10TH GRADE English

Born and raised in Michigan, Brent Lumsden fled the Midwest upon graduating from the University of Michigan. He is now teaching his 18th year of high school English in California where he has taught in the San Bernardino Mountains and parts of Riverside before discovering he actually is NorCal and relocating to Terra Linda High School. He lives in Petaluma now with his two boys, wife, six chickens, and two cats. His family just switched rentals to a four-acre piece of property with a house originally built in the 19th century. Now they have a full graywater system, a growing permaculture style garden, a piano made the 1940’s, and a lifestyle that includes long stays on hammocks and rocking chairs.

 

RAY MCCLINTOCK

LEAD TEACHER, 9TH Grade Environmental Leadership Seminar and GEOGRAPHY, 10th Grade World History, AND 12TH grade ECONOMICS/AP Government

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. 

 

Chelsy Newton

9TH GRADE Physical Education and Health

Chelsy is a local, hailing from Napa. She's an experienced teacher with 18 years in the field, the past 10 in Auburn. Chelsy joined MarinSEL because she “was interested in a new challenge.” Her love of the outdoors drew her to the program. Chelsy finds the curriculum exciting and enjoys her students immensely. She calls her teaching style assertive, honest, and organized. “I show respect to students, their thoughts, and opinions. My class is structured for students to feel safe and comfortable. I believe in students being themselves.” When she’s not teaching MarinSEL students, Chelsy enjoys being active with her family, including her three children. She loves to hike and dance. And she believes being a mom has given her a tremendous amount of experience in imparting important information to children.

 

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. 

Follow Allison Oropallo on Twitter @AllisonOropallo

 

Alex Robins

11th Grade AP U.S. History and 10TH GRADE ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

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 fourth 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. 

Follow Alex Robins on Twitter @RobinsClass