Jillian Anderson-Rano - Conversational Spanish Instructor

Jillian Anderson-Rano comes from the midwest originally Nebraska to be exact.

She was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. She moved to Willits in 2005, lured by the promise of mountains no snow and a hometown feel. Jillian joined Willits Charter School in the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. She teaches kids to be the change they want to see in the world, and to forget shooting for the stars but aim for what is beyond because there is no limit to what a person can accomplish.  

A firm believer that all people learn differently she works toward finding finding a way reach and teach all she can.

Erin Mendoza - Choir Instructor

Ms. Mendoza isa singer, voice teacher, and choir teacher in Willits. She teaches both choir and singing classes at Willits Charter School as well as private voice lessons. She also sings at both community and private events, including the Willits Variety Show, weddings, and memorial services. 

She has been singing her whole life and learning to sing has been an amazing journey for her. She went from being someone with very little self-confidence, to someone who has found herself and her voice through music. She believes that anyone can learn to sing; people just start their journeys from different places. 

Before deciding to start a career in music, she spent many years as a therapist, working with children, teens, and families, to help them overcome challenges and gain new skills. The parts she loved most about being a therapist were encouraging people, helping people build on their strengths, and watching people grow, to name a few. These are all things she loves about being a teacher too. It’s so much fun supporting someone as they improve skills and gain self-confidence, and she feel honored to be part of that process. 

Melissa Miles - 6th & 7th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies

Melissa Miles (M.E.) is joining WCS this year after moving from the SF Bay Area in April 2016. She earned her BA in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University in 2009, followed by her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.  Ms. Miles is currently teaching 6th and 7th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies. She enjoys incorporating performance and creativity into her lessons.

Prior to teaching, Ms. Miles was a street performer in San Francisco, working with her father to put on shows that incorporate magic, juggling, and ventriloquism into a pirate-themed show. They created a pirate ship out of a box trailer, with a working 15-foot mast and rigging.

Ms. Miles loves to write, particularly poetry.

Sienna Reno - Middle School Art & Ceramics Instructor

Ms Reno is a local artist and owner of Expansion Prints. As well as running her own business, she also enjoys working in education. She has an Associates Degree in Child Development and has been teaching Art & Ceramics at the Willits Charter School since 2013.

Ms Reno was a former Willits Charter School graduate, and was one of our school's original student body in 2000. She continued her education focusing on Child Development and Ceramic Arts. 

Today she passionately shares the joys of learning by encouraging her students to question their "personal limitations". Try a new style or technique you never have before, experiment and find out what you can do with it. Then teach the rest of us about it!

She welcomes the challenges of teaching in the modern age, and is motivated by a commitment to bring creativity to formal education in order to inspire the current generation to realize their dreams.