Student Services Director
Director of Special Education and Resource Specialist
Holly has a BA in Elementary Education and MA in Special Education with an emphasis in learning disabilities. She completed her Waldorf Teacher training at the Waldorf Institute of Southern California, at Highland Hall, in Northridge, CA. in the 1970s. Holly received the Rotary Quiet Hero Award for her work in literacy in Boulder, Colorado. Her two grown children are Waldorf educated and as adults, they often reflect on the rewards and value their education has had on their everyday lives. Her son and daughter both live on the east coast. In her spare time Holly loves to swim, travel, garden, read, and repurpose items considered to be obsolete.
Ms. Deborah started her teaching career as an elementary level resource teacher in the Santa Clara Unified School District. When her family moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004, she continued as a special education teacher at the middle school level. Upon returning to California in 2017, Deborah began a private tutoring business. She is thrilled to now be a part of the Woodland Star community. Although she loves working with children K-8 on all subjects, Deborah has a particular interest in teaching reading and helping students with dyslexia to overcome their unique challenges and thrive in the classroom.
Deborah has two children, both in their 20’s. Her son is in law school and her daughter is a 1st year veterinary student at UC Davis.
Carol Davis Yoger has been a special education teacher for 30 years. She was an Intervention Coordinator for a K-5 elementary school for 12 of them. Her education was at Bowling Green University in Ohio. Carol has 2 grown children, one in Ohio and the other in San Diego (and one grandson). She lived in Sonoma for 6 years after getting married and absolutely loves it here.
Licensed (Bilingual) Speech & Language Pathologist
Ninette Chicca has a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Hearing Association. She holds a BS in Business Administration-Finance, and a MS in Communicative Disorders from CSU San Francisco. Ninette has 2 grown children. She enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and gardening.
Steve Thomas has a Masters Degree from Miami University located in Ohio. He has two grown daughters. In his spare time he grows grapes, makes his own wine, runs, hikes, plays guitar, reads and travels.
Part-time School Psychologist
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.