Redwood Day Leadership Team

List of 10 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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  • Cheryl Ting | Assistant Head of School, Advisor

    Cheryl Ting has over 20 years of experience in education, 16 of which were in the classroom, designing and teaching literature and writing courses for grades 7 through the post-secondary level. She taught at both Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco and the Bentley School in Oakland and Lafayette, before coming to Redwood Day.
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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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  • Katrina Lappin | Director of Admissions & Tuition Assistance

    Katrina Lappin joined Redwood Day’s Admissions team in 2006. Prior to beginning her work as Director of Admissions & Tuition Assistance in 2012, Katrina has experience as Director of Financial Aid, Admissions Assistant, in preschool teaching, and as a middle school student advisor.
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  • Sarah Wachs | Director of Advancement

    Sarah Wachs joined the Redwood Day community in 2011. Prior to joining Redwood Day, she served as a development professional in several local Jewish organizations. She has extensive experience managing giving campaigns, planning events as well as volunteer management. Previous to her work in development, she worked in education for a private educational tutoring company and as a classroom teacher.
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  • Jim Rendle | Middle School Director

    Prior to joining Redwood Day in 2003, Jim taught 7th/8th grade math and social studies for two years. He was first hired at Redwood Day as the 6th grade math and science teacher, and two years later, became our 7th/8th grade math teacher.
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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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  • 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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  • Daniel Johnston | Director of Technology

    Daniel holds a M. Ed. Instructional Technology from San Francisco State University, a Bilingual Multiple Subject Credential, and a B.A. from New College of California. ​Daniel ​joined Redwood Day in the Fall of 2000​ ​after working 10 years in Bay Area public elementary and middle schools​ ​as both a classroom teacher and school technology coordinator. He also train​ed​ as a writing instructor through the Bay Area Writing Project.
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  • Denise Breland | Director of Student Life & Dean of Students K-8

    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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