About Summit Tamalpais
Summit Tamalpais is a unique public school located in San Pablo, CA. We provide a college-ready, personalized learning experience in a dynamic, diverse student community. We are tuition-free and open to all students. We opened our doors in the fall of 2016 and are currently serving students from grade 7 to grade 12. We graduated our founding class in June 2022.
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The Summit Difference
Our promise is that Summit students will be prepared for success in a 4 year college. But beyond this, Summit students grow as happy, kind, independent and curious young adults prepared with the habits and skills they need for success in life.
Summit students spend their days solving real-world problems and building the skills of self-direction, collaboration and reflection – critical for college and life success. Our curriculum is based in proven learning science and supports development of the whole child.
We founded our inaugural school, Summit Preparatory High School, in 2003. Today, we are proud to operate some of the best public schools in the country serving diverse communities throughout California and Washington states.
Summit Tamalpais Middle School | Executive Director
Eric Dillie is a member of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley and serves on the Board of Directors at Partners for Change Tri-Valley, a San Francisco Bay Area based 501c3 non-profit focused on ending the cycle of poverty. Most recently, Eric has served as Superintendent of Schools at Key Educational Group, an educational 501c3 non-profit service provider for public charter schools.
Eric’s prior educational leadership experience includes three years as Principal of a National award winning public charter high school, two years as Director of International programs at a large private school group, and a combined four years as Director of Instruction and Campus Principal at a public charter high school group in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area. He has seven years of traditional public school teaching experience as well. He taught 6th and 7th grade history at C.D. Fulkes Middle School (Austin, TX) and Coppell Middle School North (Dallas-Ft.Worth)
Eric earned a Bachelor’s in Social Science from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. Eric holds a California Administrative Services Credential and a California Single Subject Teaching Credential.
Gregory Brookins Hinton
Summit Tamalpais Middle School | Dean of Culture & Instruction
Gregory Brookins Hinton was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Grinnell College, a small liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. He has continued to advocate for educational equity since becoming an educator, teaching 9th grade English in 2014. Mr. Brookins Hinton has 8 years of experience working in Education in the Bay Area. He has experience directing an afterschool program for k-8th grade and, most recently, has worked with Summit Public Schools for the past 3 years as the Middle School Expeditions teacher at Summit Tamalpais. Mr. Brookins Hinton is excited to join the Summit Tamalpais Middle School team as a Dean of Culture and Instruction for School Year 2022-2023.
Diana Bernales Lock
Summit Tamalpais Middle School | Director of Expeditions
Diana Bernales Lock (they/them/elli) was born and raised in Lima, Peru. They immigrated to the United States at age twelve and have been a Bay Area resident since. Diana obtained their BS in Adolescent Psychology from Saint Mary’s College of California and later completed their MA in Urban Education and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. Diana taught Spanish at the high school level for seven years before switching to Mathematics for four more. Their passion lies in nurturing liberatory spaces where everyone can be their full selves and can critically examine the world around them in order to create stronger communities. Diana has taught at Summit for the past seven years and they are so enthusiastic about continuing to amplify the voices of our youth as Dean of Expeditions for School Year 2022-2023.
Summit Tamalpais High School | Executive Director
Jackie Wilson has been a dedicated educator for more than 20 years. She is also a proud mother of two beautiful children. As Executive Director, she says it is her goal to ensure that we not only talk about excellence but model excellence by making Summit Tamalpais a high school where excellence is expected. She is excited to unite her experience, openness to learning, and student-centered approach to the Tam HS community. One of her main goals is to continue to foster and build a school culture where all students are and feel seen, heard, uplifted, and supported. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language and Speech Education, a Master’s degree in Ed. Leadership and Administration, and she is also International Baccalaureate certified and trained in multiple areas. Ms. Wilson prides herself on her expertise as a Social-Emotional Leader, placing the needs of the team, students, and the community she serves as paramount. As she thinks about her role in the upcoming school year, she is reminded that words can inspire, thoughts can provoke, but only actions truly bring us closer to our dreams.
Summit Tamalpais High School | Dean of Culture & Instruction
Erñesto Umaña was born and raised in Los Angeles to Salvadoran immigrants and was the first in his family to go to college. He graduated from UC Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and from Harvard University with a Master of Public Policy but has worked in education supporting and advocating for students for the past decade. Mr. Umaña has served students as a near-peer tutor, mentor, community organizer, and math teacher throughout California. He served as the Math 8 Teacher at Summit Tamalpais Middle School from 2017-2021 and, most recently, Mr. Umaña worked with Summit students across the Bay Area as the Dean of Culture and Instruction on the Expeditions team. Mr. Umaña is excited to join the Summit Tamalpais High School team as a Dean of Culture and Instruction for School Year 2022-2023.
Summit Tamalpais High School | Dean of Culture & Instruction
At the end of every school year, I reflect on my takeaways, my areas of growth, and how I can continue to grow as an educator. Returning to in-person teaching last year presented a lot of challenges and opportunities for me, including the opportunity to step into the role of an administrator. It felt invigorating! It was not always easy, but it opened my eyes to a role that I hadn’t previously been ready to consider. I have finally reached a point in my long career as a teacher in which I feel ready to take steps in a different direction, one that will allow me to lead in a community that I love. After teaching for 20 years, deciding to step out of the classroom was daunting, but I’m ready! I am ready to help bring more joy and enthusiasm to our school while maintaining the same high expectations I’ve always had for our students.
I look forward to serving in our community as a Dean of Culture and Instruction with the same passion I had for teaching, the support for parents and guardians as a parent myself, and authenticity as a proud Latina and lover of education!
Summit Tamalpais High School | Dean of Expeditions
Hello! I am incredibly excited to be a part of the Summit Tamalpais family as their Dean of Expeditions! Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, I graduated with my BA in English before heading to the Bay Area where I received my MA in Education. I have been with Summit Public Schools for four years, the last three of which I have spent on the Expeditions team where I have not only taught Creative Writing & Short Story Composition at five of Summit’s California high schools but I also acted as an Independent Learning Coordinator at Summit Shasta this last school year. I feel so fortunate to have been able to be a temporary presence at Summit Tamalpais these last three years and so I cannot wait to be a more permanent fixture there moving forward.