Student Services Director | Special Education Teacher | Director of Intervention Services | Speech & Language Pathologist | Psychologist | Counselor
Monica Conway | Student Services Director
Monica graduated from CSU Sacramento with a degree in Psychology in 1992 and completed the Sonoma State Special Education program in December 2017. In May 2018, she finished the Curative Education Program by Robyn Brown. She has completed two courses through IMSE (Institute for Multi-Sensory Education), the Intermediate Orton Gillingham training and the Introductory to Orton Gillingham training, and is currently attending the Writing Revolution course.
Monica has lived in Sonoma since 1992 with Paul, her husband, and three children, Kaylyn, Kyle, and Kamryn. She is thrilled to be back at Woodland Star since she has been a part of the community since 2000. Her three children attended Woodland Star Charter School, Live Oak Charter School, and Credo High School.
Katherine Morrison M. Div., | Special Education Teacher
Ms. Morrison joins Woodland Star as a special education teacher serving on the school’s student services team. She was ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church in 2001, then spent a year traveling to colleges, seminaries, and local churches that wanted support in becoming more inclusive and welcoming of LGBTQ people. It was her fourteen years as a pastor specializing in children, youth, and families that led her to teach full-time. Highly qualified for the position, Ms. Morrison earned her BA in American Studies and Studio Art at Colby College in Maine, her Master’s of Divinity at San Francisco Theological Seminary, her Multiple Subject and Single Subject Credentials (Social Studies), and her Mild-Moderate Special Education Credential at Dominican University. She earned her Moderate-Severe Special Education Credential at Brandman University. Prior to Woodland Star, Ms. Morrison taught high school, fifth grade, and second grade, including stints at SVUSD’s El Verano, Dunbar, and Altimira schools.
Vaunda Goodfellow | Director of Intervention Services
Vaunda has been a resident of Sonoma County since 2010. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Before returning to her career in education, Vaunda worked in various accounting positions for several local organizations. Vaunda has been a member of the Woodland Star community since her sons started kindergarten in 2011. Since then, she has worked with the WS Ed Foundation, been a kindergarten assistant, worked in aftercare, served as an ESL teacher, overseen afterschool tutoring, and acted as a middle school math teacher. When she isn’t here at school, Vaunda runs her own successful bookkeeping business, enjoys cooking up new dishes with her boys, and exploring beautiful Sonoma County.
Susan Rogers Miller | Speech & Language Pathologist
Susan was born and raised in Long Beach, California, with the soundtrack of the Beach Boys playing in my transistor radio. When she had children of her own, her young family moved to Bellingham, Washington. There, her daughters attended the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School while she got her graduate degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She learned so much about whole-child development during the girls’ Waldorf education and has been inspired by Waldorf principles throughout her 25-year career as a speech and language pathologist. Susan is thrilled to be working with our wonderful school family at Woodland Star Charter School, doing what she loves most, helping children develop the communication skills and confidence they need to be successful and feel great about themselves. When she’s not at school, she enjoys exploring the beautiful North Bay, reading mysteries, dabbling in art projects, and spending time with her two grandchildren.
Maria Gregory | Psychologist
Maria Gregory is a Licensed Educational Psychologist who specializes in psychological assessments. She has worked as a school psychologist practicing in the school system for 10 years. Maria attended San Francisco State University for her master’s degree in psychology and PPS credential. She enjoys helping students learn about themselves so they may thrive in school, at home, and in their community. She values the role she gets to play in arming families and school systems with helpful and tailored school-based and mental health assessments. She grew up in the East Bay and relocated to Sonoma last year. When she isn’t working, she enjoys hiking, reading, playing with her newborn daughter, and exploring Sonoma County.
Mika Shiner | Counselor
As a Marriage and Family Therapist and an Expressive Art Therapist, Mika specializes in working with children, families and schools to support social and emotional development. Her background includes work as a preschool educator, elementary school teacher, art teacher, and therapist. She is continually inspired to watch and support children grow and strive for their best selves.