Lower School

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Christy Vail
Head of Lower School

B.A., California State University San Francisco

Faculty & Staff

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.

Faculty & Staff

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.

Faculty & Staff

Brittany Torretta
Pre-Kindergarten

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

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Sarah Song
Kindergarten

B.A., California State University, Sacramento

Faculty & Staff

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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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. 

Faculty & Staff

Emily Ellis
Second Grade Assistant

B.A., Principia College; California Multiple Subject Clear Teaching Credential, SFSU, Bay Area Teacher Training College; Early Childhood Education Credential, Montessori Training College

Emily Ellis comes to Country Day having spent the past eight years teaching at the California Montessori Project. She began her teaching career at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California. She also has served as an Americorps volunteer in a public middle school, coordinating the community service program for 7th and 8th grade students, and has taught at San Francisco Day School and San Francisco Friends School.

In 2006, she and her husband relocated to Sacramento to put down roots, as they adopted their daughter from India.

Faculty & Staff

Cameron Bohn
Third Grade

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

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Kristi Mathisen
Third Grade

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

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Gretchen Fogelstrom
Fifth Grade

B.A., Oregon State University; M.A., University of Oregon; M.S. School for International Training

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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

Faculty & Staff

Elena Rodriguez Bennett
Lower School Music

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

Faculty & Staff

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

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

Faculty & Staff

Ines Ochoa
World Language, Lower School Spanish

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