Randy Baker, Lead Teacher and 11th Grade Environmental Leadership Seminar
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 2001. Prior to that, he ran his own business in instructional media for over 17 years. Before running his own business, he was a TV news reporter in Santa Barbara and a radio news director in San Luis Obispo. Mr. Baker is married with two daughters and loves the outdoors! For over thirty years, he has become an avid backpacker, rafter, and biker.
Sara Frack, 9th Grade Environmental Leadership Seminar and Biology
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.
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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Teagen Leonhart, 9th Grade English
A Fairfax native, Teagen Leonhart joined the Terra Linda High School English Department from Novato High School. Ms. Leonhart holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Social Science from San Francisco State University, where she volunteered at a center for abused children. The goals of MarinSEL encompass everything Ms. Leonhart cares about the most: language, the environment, students, collaboration with talented colleagues, and the health and sustainability of our beautiful community.
Dave Garcia, 9th Grade MarinSEL Health/PE
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.
Lisa Coyne, 12th Grade Economics/Government
Lisa Coyne attended Chico State where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Science. After graduating Cum Laude, she continued her education at Chico State to receive her Teaching Credential with honors. Ms. Coyne has been teaching for 24 years, 18 of which have been at Terra Linda High School. She loves adventure- having traveled to Europe, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, and hiked the Inca trail in Peru! Lisa has two children, a daughter named Rory and a son named Aidan, and 2 cats. Ms. Coyne is a returning MarinSEL teacher who is excited for the future of this program!
Alex Robins, 10th Grade World History and English
Alex Robins was born and educated in the Great Lakes State of Michigan. In between, he’s split his time between San Diego and the Bay Area, currently residing in Berkeley with his wife and daughter. He’s new to Terra Linda High School, although he completed his student teaching at Terra Linda High School in the spring semester of 2012-2013. After spending two years teaching middle school History and Humanities in San Francisco, Mr. Robins is excited to bring his enthusiasm and love of learning to the MarinSEL program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Education and credential from the University of Phoenix. 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, he 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.
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David Tow, 10th Grade Seminar
David Tow holds an Master of Arts in English Literature from UC Irvine and an 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 four at Terra Linda High School, where he has doubled the Advanced Placement English Literature program, coached Mock Trial, led the journalism program, and worked to help Terra Linda 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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Ray McClintock, 9th Grade Geography
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 from the University of California, Davis. He is currently working on a Master’s in Education degree from UC Davis as well, focusing his research on restorative justice practices within the classroom. Mr. McClintock enjoys sports and the outdoors. He has been a football and track coach for seven years, and will be apart of the Terra Linda football coaching staff this season. This will be Mr. McClintock's first year with the MarinSEL program, and first year at Terra Linda High School. He is excited to be a part of a program that is committed to preparing environmental leaders, and hopes to expand student’s knowledge about local, national, and international issues regarding the environment.
Lanie King, 11th Grade U.S. History
Born and raised here in Marin County, Lanie King is a graduate of Terra Linda High School. She earned a dual Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion from the University of Southern California and Tel Aviv University. She continued her education at USC and completed her Master of Science in Teaching and Curriculum, graduating with honors from the Rossier School of Education. Ms. King's first teaching experience was at San Rafael High School, after which she left the classroom to study comparative cultures abroad at Richmond University in London, England. After returning stateside, Ms. King landed at Beverly Hills High School where she taught social studies for six years. After so many years in Southern California, Ms. King and her family returned home to Marin County. Ms. King is married and has two children, Ruthie and Sam. Ms. King is happy to be retuning to Terra Linda High School has a member of the faculty and is excited to be part of the MarinSEL program.
Karen Wilhoyte, 9th Grade Biology
Karen Wilhoyte grew up in Miami, Florida and spent her summers at a camp in North Carolina, where she took every opportunity to take backpacking trips in the Appalachian Mountains. Completing a three-week Outward Bound course before her sophomore year of high school ignited within her a life-changing sense of environmental stewardship. Ms. Wilhoyte completed her Bachelor of Science in Environmental, Population, and Organism Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and then moved to North Carolina to teach environmental education in an outdoor classroom. After earning her Master's Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Oregon, Ms. Wilhoyte continued to teach environmental education and write science curriculum for the Department of Natural Resources in Wisconsin. She is very excited to integrate her environmental education experience into the MarinSEL Biology curriculum.