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Redwood Day Leadership Team

List of 7 items.

  • John Loeser | Head of School

    John Loeser has been Head of Redwood Day School since 2011. Prior to Redwood Day, John was the Assistant Head of School at The Carey School in San Mateo, CA for seven years. He began his teaching career as a 5th grade teacher at Chenery Middle School in Belmont, Massachusetts and spent eight consecutive summers as an advanced mathematics instructor and Academic Dean at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, teaching students in grades 5-8 and leading a diverse faculty in the development of a rigorous academic program.
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  • Deann Hays | Chief Finance & Operations Officer

    Deann is a career finance professional with more than 20 years of financial management experience developed in both public accounting and private sector environments. She joined Redwood Day as the school’s CFOO in July of 2018. Prior to working at Redwood Day, Deann spent approximately five years as the Finance Director of the American Community School of Abu Dhabi. She holds a BS in accounting from Colorado State University and is a licensed CPA.
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  • Donnie Smith | Director of Admissions

    Donnie Smith joined the Redwood Day community in 2019. Prior to joining Redwood Day, he worked at Brooklyn Friends School and other boarding schools on the east coast. Donnie has a deep love for children and families who are looking for the right educational space for their child. He has been working in the admissions for 9 years and is so excited to be apart of the Redwood community.
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  • Johanna Aeschliman | Lower School Director

    Johanna Aeschliman joined the Redwood Day team after completing her term as Head of the Middle School (Grades 4-8) at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School in Brooklyn, NY, a position she held since 2013. In this role, Johanna was responsible for the daily operation of the Middle School, including teacher recruitment and retention, curriculum review, student and family support, admissions partnership, and strategic planning.
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  • Karina Momary | Middle School Director

    Karina Momary joined the Redwood Day community in 2020. Prior to joining Redwood Day, she served as the Director of Student Life and Community at Stanford Online High School for four years. She began her teaching career as a teacher at The Harker School where she taught grades 6-8 for six years.
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  • Meredith Spencer | Director of Equity & Inclusion

    Meredith Spencer joined the Redwood Day team in 2007 and has held many roles including Athletic Director, Diversity Steering Committee Chair, and Sustainability Coordinator; however, her connection to Redwood Day started years before when she worked as a substitute teacher in Lower School and later enrolled her child at Redwood Day in 2005.
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  • Denise Breland | Director of Student Life/Dean of Students

    Mrs. Breland is a life-long educator with 39 years of experience working with students in grades K-8, in both the public and private sector. She joined the Redwood Day community in 1996, as a first grade teacher, where she taught for nine years before becoming Lower School Director.
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Oakland, CA 94602