Meet The Staff

Our Staff

Director / Owner

Saprina Rodriguez​

Ms. Saprina has a degree in business Management, Accounting, and Early Child Development. She is co-owner of Ace Copy & Shipping Center with her husband Martin. Saprina serves on the Willits City Council and various other Board and committee’s as an elected official. Previously she served four years on the Willits Unified School Board. Saprina is the President of Willits  Youth Soccer and coaches several youth teams. She’s also the Director of a non profit: Foster Youth Outfitters.  Saprina has seven children in her home from biological to adopted, to foster care.

Teacher Juan Salinas

Teacher Juan moved to Willits in the Fall of 1996 from the Bay Area. His son attends at UCSC. Teacher Juan worked at Brookside School & Head Start Preschool for 16 years. He joined the team at Imagination Station on 6/1/2012. Teacher Juan is bilingual in Spanish. He enjoys sharing his language with students in the classroom. He took a hiatus a few years ago to pursue a river guide career. He loves fishing, kayaking & camping on the weekends. He often finds way to integrate his hobbies into the classroom. Children love the hands on learning he offers.

Teacher Kara Rodriguez

Teacher Kara is a Willits High School Graduate. She joined the team at Imagination Station as a volunteer in High school on 3/22/2013. Teacher Kara attends Mendocino College and is now a fully qualified teacher working in the Toddler Classroom. She aspires to be a Pediatric Nurse. She previously worked with children at RCS & Kids Club. Her hobbies include: ceramics, soccer, rock climbing & guitar.

Teacher Kelleigh Fischback

Teacher Kelleigh is the mother of nine children. She's a student at Mendocino College with a breathtaking number of Child Development classes under her belt. She's been teaching at Imagination Station since 9/10/2014. She's soft spoken & a good listener. She loves working with children & validating her experiences. Kelleigh is a former Girl Scout Leader. She enjoys spending time with her family.

Teachers Jenny Montes

Teacher Jenny grew up in Willits. She's the proud mom of Carter. She has an honors AS degree in Early Childhood Development & Family relations. She's worked in this field for many years, including time teaching at Pinoville Native American Headstart. She speaks some Pomo. Teacher Jenny is a ballet & gymnastics instructor. Since joining the team at Imagination Station on 1/1/2015, Jenny has found teaching very rewarding. In her spare time she loves to skateboard, quilt, and is a dog lover.

Teacher Jazmin Duarte

Teacher Jazmin attends Mendocino College. She's working on a degree in Early Childhood Development. She joined the team at Imagination Station on 2/1/2016. She works in the classroom & supports the Director with administrative duties. She loves to travel. Spending time with nephews bring her a special joy!

Teacher Tawnie Fruge

Teacher Tawnie was born in Ukiah & grew up all over cities in California before moving to Willits in 2010. She joined the team here on 2/15/2016. She attends Mendocino College & is working toward her degree in Early Childhood Development. Her aspirations include becoming a Labor & Delivery Nurse. Tawnie worked at Mendo College CDV center for three years prior to coming to Imagination Station. Tawnie loves working with children & would like to operate her own center one day. Teacher Tawnie is an animal lover. In her free time she enjoys playing softball, swimming & beachtime with her nephews.

Teacher Renee Dawson

Teacher Renee attended Humboldt State University. She's working toward a degree in Early Childhood Development. Renee began employment at Imagination Station on May 26, 2017. She aspires to open a souvenir shop on tropical island one day. Renee moved to Mendocino County in 2012. She's the mother of an elementary aged daughter. Renee is a fan of music. She plays the saxophone. Hiking and art are her other passions.

Assistance Erin Schleintz

Teacher Erin attends Mendocino College. She's working toward a teaching permit in Early Childhood Development. After exploring other career fields, she discovered that working with children is her calling. She was born & raised in Mendocino County. Erin's been married for 15 years & has five children. She began employment with Imagination Station on October 23, 2017. Teacher Erin loves working with young students. Her personal passion is spending time with her family, outdoor activities, and swimming.

Teacher Linda Byrns

Teacher Linda is often referred to as Grandma Linda. She's always here to offer a hug and support. She's been with Imagination Station since day on on 2/1/2011. She worked with the infamous Grandma Mavis in her center 30 plus years ago. Linda ran the W.E.A Child Care Center in the late 90's. She raised four daughters and has thirteen grandchildren. Her hobbies include: Kayaking & beach combing, hiking. She's passionate about non profit work with the homeless population.

Teacher Shawna Byrns

Teacher Shawna has a Bachelor degree in Math. She teaches full-time at Willits High School. She's taken classes in Early Childhood Development as well. She has two children of her own. She connects well with kids and loves teaching. She enjoys taking her dogs for long walks & hikes in her passtime.

Teacher Adalyd Gonzalez

She'll be working in the Yellow Stars classroom. Miss Ada is a graduate of Sonoma State University. She earned her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Development. Ms. Ada is excited to work in a classroom with our youngest students age 18 months to 3 years.

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