New Employees and Staffing Changes
2019-20 School Year


The following information on new employees and staffing changes has been updated as of August 22.

Lower School

Cameron Bohn, Fifth Grade Teacher

Cameron Bohn will teach 5th grade following Gretchen Fogelstrom’s departure to serve as School Director for Mungere Secondary School in rural Tanzania. Cameron has been with Country Day since 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Art from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University.

Carl Bornmann, First Grade Assistant

Carl Bornmann served as a substitute teacher and mock trial coach at Country Day in 2018-19. He is a former attorney and most recently worked as a Deputy Attorney General with the State of New Jersey. Carl is also a teacher with the Academic Talent Search at Sacramento State and a registered yoga teacher at Fusion Yoga.

He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and Politics/Government from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and a Juris Doctorate degree from Fordham University School of Law in New York City. Carl is excited to be part of the Lower School team.

LaTeeka Bradford, Third Grade Teacher

LaTeeka Bradford is thrilled to join the Country Day team as a Third Grade Teacher. Before coming to Country Day, LaTeeka taught kindergarten and 2nd grade in Richmond, Virginia. She was also a Technology Resource Teacher for K-5 students.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Liberty University. 

Christina (Stainbrook) Emerson (‘06), First Grade Assistant/ASE Counselor

Christina (Stainbrook) Emerson is an alumna of Country Day’s Class of 2006. She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and served as an Animal Services Officer in Clovis, CA for a rewarding seven years. During that time she rescued animals, worked with behavioral modification, animal medical needs, and matching pets with adopters, but found that she connected most with educating others in the community. She is currently working toward her Masters in Education, and teaching credential, which she is scheduled to complete in 2020.

Stephanie Jordan, Second Grade Assistant

Stephanie Jordan comes to Country Day from Capital Christian School, where she was a PE/Health teacher as well as the Girl’s Varsity Basketball Coach.  She has coached for the past nine years, elementary up through college age, and has taught and assisted as a teacher over the years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Development from Southwestern AG University.

Amanda Leidolph, Kindergarten Assistant

Amanda Leidolph is excited to begin her teaching career at Sacramento Country Day School where her love of education and community can blossom to enrich the lives of others. Amanda has spent the past eight years assisting with the care of young children at the Sacramento Crisis Nursery.  She also has prior experience in the hospitality and administrative sectors. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento and Associate’s degrees in Mathematics, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences from American River College. 

Carol Phelps, First Grade Assistant

Carol Phelps is a retired elementary educator with more than 25 years of experience. She has worked as a Cooperating Teacher with CSUC, mentoring new teachers for more than ten years. Additionally, she was a trainer for several years in the new teacher induction program in Butte County. Carol worked both as a lead teacher and peer coach at Chico Country Day School, as well as an interim administrator. She earned a BA in Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) and a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from CSU, Chico. She also holds a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential.

April Sanders, Kindergarten Teacher

April Sanders will join Country Day as a Kindergarten Teacher. She comes to us from the Brighton School in Folsom and has worked in the field of education for 29 years in a variety of positions that include teaching preschool, kindergarten and various administrative positions. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Education and a MA in Best Practices in Education.

Middle School

Tess Kahn, Middle School History

Tess Kahn will teach 8th grade History and a section of 6th grade History. Tess comes to Country Day from the Long Trail School in Dorset, Vermont, where she was the Social Studies Department Chair.  At Long Trail, Tess taught World and U.S. History courses at the Middle and High School levels since 2013. Previously, Tess worked in historical museums in the U.S. and U.K. Tess earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Wells College, Masters of Arts in Museums Studies from University of Leicester (United Kingdom), and masters of teaching from Upper Valley Graduate School of Education.

Carrie Meyers, Middle School French

Carrie Meyers comes to Country Day after 11 years of experience teaching French in Middle School and High School. Most recently, she worked at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes in Alexandria, Virginia, as a French educator while also supporting the school’s Teaching and Learning initiatives. She previously chaired the World Languages department at Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School in Washington, D.C. Carrie earned a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature and a Masters in Secondary Language Education and Culture from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Pepa Novell, Middle School Spanish

Pepa Novell joins our World Languages department and will teach 7th grade Spanish. Pepa earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University, her Master’s in publishing from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and Language from the Universitat de Barcelona. Pepa has worked internationally in teaching and research roles at universities in Canada, Denmark, and Spain. She also has experience as a publisher and editor.

Annie Sterling, Middle School English

Annie Sterling will teach 6th grade English. Annie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and English at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master’s in Multicultural Urban Secondary English at the University of California, Berkeley. Annie comes to Country Day after teaching at Mill Valley Middle School in Marin County. She has more than 10 years of experience teaching Middle School and High School English and training in Columbia University Teachers College reading and writing workshop.

High School

Brian Billings, High School Latin

Brian Billings will teach High School Latin following Jane Batarseh’s retirement, and also will continue to teach Middle School Latin. He has been teaching at Country Day for 10 years. Brian has a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Chris Kuipers, High School History

Chris Kuipers will teach High School History following Sue Nellis’ retirement. Chris previously taught History in the Middle School and also currently serves as Associate Director of College Counseling. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and a Master’s in Education from Harvard University.


Tara Adams, Learning Specialist

Tara Adams  comes to Country Day from Charles Armstrong School, a Bay area school for students with language-based disabilities. Tara began serving as Country Day’s Learning Specialist during Kelley Brown’s leave in February and will serve on the expanded learning specialist team this school year. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Illinois University and is currently finishing her Masters in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Maria Hoyos, 5th grade Music & High School Chamber Music

Maria Hoyos in a performing artist and a classical music instructor. Her work spans a variety of fields including teaching string ensembles in Napa and Sacramento, playing cello in orchestras such as the Camellia Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Napa Valley and working with church groups.

She has been teaching and performing for 30 years and is a member several associations including the Federation of Professional Musicians, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the California Music Teachers Association and the American String Teachers Association. 

Maria earned a Master of Art in cello performance from California State University, Sacramento.

Adie Renteria, Learning Specialist

Adie Renteria is excited to join the Learning Specialist team this year. She had a private tutoring practice and worked as a Learning Specialist at Trevor Day School in New York City before moving to Sacramento with her husband and two children last year. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, a Master of Science in Childhood Education from Mercy College, and a Master of Education with a specialization in Literacy from Bank Street College of Education. 


Hannah Frank, Controller

Hannah Frank has served Country Day’s Business Office for the past 12 years working as Accounts Payable/Purchasing coordinator. She was promoted to Controller following Carol Wessels’ retirement. She earned an Associate of Arts from American River College.

Sarah Parrish, Accounts Payable/Purchasing

Sarah Parrish joined Country Day as our Accounts Payable and Purchasing Coordinator in June 2019.  She is customer oriented and a quick learner and came to us from Expression Systems where she performed the same duties along with being the back-up for customer service and accounts receivable.  She was described as an excellent communicator, very adaptable to new environments, and held a reputation as a valuable asset within the organization.  We are lucky to have her join the Business Office team, and she is excited about taking on her new role.