Lower School

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Christy Vail
Head of Lower School

B.A., California State University San Francisco

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Stephanie Castillo
Pre-Kindergarten

M.A.

Although this is her first year teaching at Country Day, Stephanie has been teaching preschool for 12 years. She has a master’s degree in Education and an Educational Specialist Credential.

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Mitzi Mapa-Contes
Director of Pre-Kindergarten

B.A., Assumption College, Phillipines

Mitzi has a degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from Assumption College and comes to Country Day after 20 years experience at international and American schools. She most recently served at the Alt School in San Francisco where she was Head of School.

She is trained in Reggio Emilia practices and has been a trainer for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. A professional percussionist and photographer, Mitzi has taught other educators how to promote diversity in the classroom through art, music, and photography.

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Brittany Torretta
Pre-Kindergarten

B.A., California State University, Chico; M.A., University of Phoenix

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April Sanders
Kindergarten

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Education and a MA in Best Practices in Education

April Sanders comes to Country Day 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.

 

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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. 

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Maura Ryan (‘02) Perotti
First Grade

B.S. Santa Clara University; M.A., Santa Clara University | Gifted and Talented Education Certified

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Carl Bornmann
First Grade Assistant

BA in Psychology and Politics/Government, University of Hartford; J.D. from Fordham University of Law

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.

 

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Carol Phelps
First Grade Assistant

BA in Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) and a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from CSU, Chico; California Multiple Subjects Credential

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 Credential.

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Rashida Lang
Second Grade

Rashida Lang

B.A., Humboldt State University

Rashida Lang earned a bachelor of arts in Elementary Education at Humboldt State and her master’s in Elementary Education at the renowned Teachers College of Columbia University in New York. With several years teaching at private and independent schools, Rashida has trained other teachers to implement Readers Workshop, which we will be expanding into second grade next year.

She has a noted ability to connect with students and create a classroom culture of respect and kindness. We look forward to the contributions she will make with her interest in the garden, her experience developing curriculum in math and science, and her expertise in multicultural education. 

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Stephanie Jordan
Second Grade Assistant

Bachelor of Science in Professional Development, Southwestern AG University

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.  

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Lateeka Bradford
Third Grade

B.S. in Psychology; Master’s in Elementary Education, Liberty University

Before coming to Country Day, LaTeeka taught Kindergarten and Second grade in Richmond, Virginia. She was also a Technology Resource Teacher for K-5 students. 

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Kristi Mathisen
Third Grade

B.A., California State University, Northridge; M.Ed, California State University, Sacramento

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Cameron Bohn
Fifth Grade

B.A., University of Colorado; B.S., Montana State University

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John Yu
Fifth Grade

B.S., University of Delaware

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Julie Shanks
Lower School Arts

B.S., California State University, Sacramento

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Sue Ryan
Lower School Librarian

B.A., Cardinal Stritch College; M.S., California State University, Fullerton

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Elena Rodriguez Bennett
Lower School Music

B.A., Cornell University; M.Div., Yale University (Divinity School); M.A. California State University, Sacramento

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Felecia Keys
Lower School Music
Grades 5-12 Orchestra, Chamber Music, Choir

B.A., Patten University; M.S., California State University, Chico

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Ines Ochoa
World Language, Lower School Spanish

B.A., University of California, Davis; Teaching Credential, Chapman University