Meet the Team


Meet the Team

An Inspired Faculty

Our team members are well educated, certified teaching professionals who are devoted to providing a quality education to their students. They are driven first and foremost by their desire to help their students to succeed and strive to create tangible difference in their lives.

Land Acknowledgement

We of this Academy, named after the Principal Local Indigenous Village of Shanél, acknowledge with honor the Shóqowa and Hopland People on whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands we work, educate and learn and whose historical and spiritual relationship with these lands continues to this day and beyond.


Eric Crawford, Principal

Eric has 26 years of experience in the educational field, and many of you may recognize him from his time at Ukiah High School where he taught Agriculture from 1997 to 2016. In 2016, Eric accepted the job as the Career Technical Education Coordinator for Ukiah Unified School District where he worked until the end of this school year. Prior to working in Ukiah, Eric grew up in Tracy, California. Following high school graduation, he attended U.C. Davis where he studied Agricultural Education. His first teaching job was with the Peace Corps where he taught agriculture in a Community Junior Secondary school in Gumare, Botswana in southern Africa. After his time ended in Botswana, Eric worked for Santa Rosa City Schools as a Compensatory Education Instructional Aide where he helped at-risk students with math and English skills while also working as Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma, Ca. In 1994 he returned to UC Davis to study for his Agriculture Specialist, and Single Subject Agriculture teaching credentials. In 2007, he completed his master’s degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in education with an emphasis in Horticulture. Then, in 2017, Eric earned his Administrative Credential from Sonoma State University. During his tenure at Ukiah High School, Eric established a 2 acre Zinfandel vineyard, 1.5 acre garden and orchard, and built a livestock barn. More recently, he established and ran the Mendocino County Construction Corps which trained high school seniors from 4 local high schools in construction trades. During his down time, Eric enjoys gardening with his wife, Deana, exercising, and thinking up new regenerative agriculture projects to carry out on his land. With his experience in education, agriculture, program management, involvement with a variety of cultures, and his administrative credential in place, Eric is the perfect candidate to lead an incredible team and fulfill our mission and vision at SVA.

Keenan Tyner, School Counselor

Keenan grew up in Lake County with two parents in the educational system where he learned early on that that he wanted to help our youth in the community. Keenan attended Oregon State University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation Tourism and Leadership. He then received his master’s in social work from Chico State University and went on to obtain his Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Humboldt State University, and recently became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker recognized by the California Board of Behavioral Science. Before joining SVA, Keenan worked at Nokomis for 6 years, and prior to that, worked at a Non-Profit Mental Health Agency for 7 years. He was a Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Housing Manager, Full Service Partnership (FSP) Coordinator, Case Manager, Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist (TBS) Provider, Residential and Community Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS), Activities Leader for the Interpersonal Skills Training Center (ISTC), a Therapist, and a Youth Empowerment Camp Activities Coordinator, Outdoor Education Program Guide for (Treeline) leading youth on backpacking trips on the Pacific Coast Trial and other National Parks. As a School Counselor, Keenan believes that collaboration with all stakeholders is vital to student success and that providing a child centered approach will allow children the opportunity to self-advocate and be heard. “I believe in using a strength-based approach. We must look at what each child does well, instead of focusing on the child’s weakness. This will build self-confidence and help the child grow emotionally and academically. I believe changing school climate/culture allows for a safe, compassionate, empathetic environment for children to feel free to express themselves.” Fun facts about Keenan: He’s been to 49 states, Mexico, Canada and Australia. He spent a year in Australia guiding middle school students in the outback. Keenan was a bull rider for 15 years (High School, College, CCPRA) and taught environmental education, experiential education and participated in 4-H for 13 years.

Tiffany Monlux, Office Manager

Meet Tiffany Monlux, our Office Manager! Tiffany was born in the midwest and spent her childhood traveling the heartland. She got to experience firsthand the schools in Georgia, Kansas, and Missouri, but it was the days spent in her grandfather’s woodshop in Wisconsin and the summers spent swimming with manatees off the Florida coast that would imprint a deep love and respect for craft and nature. Although she enjoyed living in dozens of cities and small towns across the country, it wasn’t until her family moved to California that Tiffany finally found a place that truly spoke to her. With towering redwoods miles from her home and a frigid ocean swim a short drive away, Tiffany spent her high school years connecting Boy and Girl Scout troops from the city with nature and adventure at Camp Wente outside of Willits. Raised by a family dedicated to community involvement Tiffany has spent much of her life giving back to the greater good. Whether through park renovations through Lion’s Club, her personal backyard stray cat sanctuary, or selling more cookies than any other Girl Scout in her district, she is driven by a desire to make the world a better place. She continues this work today as a board member of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Activity League (MCSAL). After graduating from Ukiah High School, Tiffany chose to stay when her family moved to Missouri. While she enjoyed summer trips to see Shakespeare in the park and the St. Louis Zoo with her family, Tiffany put down roots in Ukiah, where she has worked as a frame shop manager, night manager at a hotel, helped open restaurants, and worked in retail. While all these jobs rounded out her resume, it is the learning and experience outside traditional walls that interest Tiffany. A lifelong learner, Tiffany has spent summers surfing in Santa Cruz and winters backpacking in the snow. She has studied fencing from classic Italian Masters, learned enough French to sort out the Quebec account for Amsted Rail. She spends rainy evenings crocheting or playing the viola and late nights playing competitive online games. Sunny days often as not find her kayaking the local rivers or gathering huckleberries from forest trails. With her wide range of interests, it is not surprising that she ended up at Ukiah Unified School District where she worked as a P.E. instructor, a Kindergarten Aid, and a Special Education Aide for severely disabled students. Most recently she has been the Health Tech at Nokomis Elementary. Tiffany currently lives in Potter Valley with her husband, two children, and dozens of carnivorous plants. She is thrilled to be part of the SVA team, not just because of the big windows where she can grow even more plants, but for the opportunity to reimagine how education should be done.

O'Shannon Fields, TK-K Teacher

O'Shannon grew up in Santa Rosa and attended Santa Rosa High School and Santa Rosa Junior College. She went on to graduate from San Francisco State University with her BA in Child and Adolescent Development and then earned her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Previously, she worked as a Pre-K teacher at Saint Rose Elementary School and then as a TK/Kindergarten and first grade teacher Kelseyville Elementary School. As a teacher, her strengths are introducing reading, creating art and crafts projects, teaching all varieties of science - from dinosaurs to space exploration to life cycles. She is very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the team starting up SVA, and was impressed that the community had been trying to bring their school back since it closed over a decade ago. She feels that having the chance to be there at the beginning of a school is an incredible opportunity that she couldn't pass up - even relocating to Hopland to immerse herself in the school and the community.

Arianna Vincent, K-1 Teacher

Arianna was born and raised in Ukiah, California. She spent the majority of her childhood in the water on the Ukiah Dolphins and Santa Rosa Neptune’s swim teams and competed all over the state. Swimming was a huge part of her life but came to an end as a freshman in high school on Varsity due to shoulder injuries. She then found interests in foreign language, even traveling to Spain with her classmates, photography and joined the school’s dance team. As a senior in high school she was an instructional assistant in an ESL class helping teach English to native Spanish speakers. Although she was very successful in this environment, it wasn’t until later that she truly felt a calling to teaching. Upon graduating from Ukiah High School in 2010 she attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She started her own business as a wedding and family portrait photographer while being the main care giver for her grandmother. In 2017 she began substituting for Ukiah Unified and Potter Valley Community Unified School Districts. She was a long term substitute for a K-12 music class and co-taught a 2/3 combo class for the entire year while substituting in other grade levels as she was needed. She then became the teacher on record for the third grade class at Potter Valley Elementary. Arianna currently lives in Redwood Valley with her four boys. When they aren’t at the BMX track, she enjoys reading, anything Disney, and sewing for her handmade children’s clothing line. After taking a short break from being on campus, Arianna is ready to be back in the classroom with students and is eager to be apart of the Shanel Valley Academy team!

Megan Walker, 1-2 Teacher

Megan was born and raised in Ukiah. After graduating from Ukiah High School, she moved to Chico to attend CSU Chico where she received her multi-subject credential as well as her education specialist credential. She taught in Woodland for 5 years as the lead teacher in a K-1 autism program, and then moved back to Ukiah to teach as a lead at Nokomis for the last 5 years. When she’s not teaching, she loves exploring the outdoors with her family. She has spent time camping at different places across the Pacific Northwest this sumer, love running, cycling, hiking and mountain biking. She’s a big SF Giants fan and her favorite children’s author is Mo Willems.