Middle School

Faculty & Staff

Rommel Loria
Head of Middle School

Rommel Loria

B.A., Georgetown University, M.A., Johns Hopkins University, J.D., University of Maryland School of Law 

Rommel comes to Country Day from the Park School in Baltimore, where he was the Director of Civic Engagement and Service Learning. Rommel received a bachelor of science in Finance from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in liberal arts from John Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Maryland. His success as both a Middle School Language Arts teacher and as an administrator of a PK-12 program makes him an ideal person for the Middle School position.

Rommel and his wife Jessica live in Sacramento with their three children, Leah, Charlie, and Max. 

Faculty & Staff

Brian Billings
Middle School Latin

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

Faculty & Staff

Kelly Bornmann
Middle School Science

Kelly Bornmann

B.A., Rutgers University

Kelly Bornmann will teach sixth grade physical science and team with Dr. Kellie Whited in the Lower School science program. Kelly hails from the Collegiate School in New York City, where she was the Science Curriculum Coordinator.  At the Collegiate School, Kelly taught Lower School Science, and previously taught 6th-8th grade physics and chemistry at Somerville. Kelly has a bachelor of arts degree in biological sciences from Rutgers University.

Faculty & Staff

Bill Crabb
Middle School History
10th Grade World Cultures

B.A., M.A., California State University, Chico

Before joining our Country Day faculty, Bill was at Stratford School in Santa Clara teaching history and serving as the head of the history department. Bill earned a bachelor of arts in Historical Archaeology and a master’s degree in Experiential and Outdoor Education from Chico State.

A renaissance man, Bill is also an Emergency First Responder, a dive-master, an archaeological field technician, English teacher, cook, and social media marketer. 

Faculty & Staff

Andy Cunningham
Middle and High School Art

B.A., Menlo College; M.A. Hunter College

Faculty & Staff

Julie Didion
Middle and High School Ceramics & Sculpture

B.A., California State University, Sacramento

Faculty & Staff

Emily Eustace
Middle School English
The Octagon Faculty Advisor

B.A., New York University; M.A., Notre Dame of Maryland

Faculty & Staff

Brian Frishman
Theater Director
Middle and High School Drama

B.A., California State University,Sonoma; M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Teaching Certificate, University of California, San Diego

Faculty & Staff

Cade Grunst
Middle School Science

B.S., University of California, Davis

Faculty & Staff

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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Ashlie Kirby
Middle School Dance Electives
After-School Enrichment

B.F.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., University of North Carolina

Ashlie Kirby has more than 8 years of experience teaching dance and creating dance programs in Independent Schools in California and New York City, most recently at the Bentley School in Oakland. 

Ashlie has a bachelor of fine arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master of arts in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina.

Faculty & Staff

Jason Kreps
Physical Education

B.A., California State University, Sacramento

Faculty & Staff

Kathryn LaComb
Middle School English

B.A., St. Lawrence University; M.Ed., Harvard University

Faculty & Staff

Neil Landers
Middle School French

Neil Landers

Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Neil Landers comes to Country Day from the Ethel Walker School in Connecticut, having previously served at the Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School in Chicago. He has a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Literature from UC Berkeley. 

Faculty & Staff

Laura Steele Monahan
Middle School Mathematics

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Faculty & Staff

Lindsay Mitchell Vayner
Middle School Spanish

B.A., University of Missouri; M.A., University of California, Davis

Faculty & Staff

Kurt Pearsall
Director of Middle School Bands

B.A., M.M., California State University, Sacramento

Faculty & Staff

Denise Scruggs
Middle School Mathematics

B.A., Saint Leo College (FL); M.S., Old Dominion University (VA)