New Employees and Staffing Changes
2018-19 School Year


The following information on new employees and staffing changes has been updated as of August 29.

Administration and Staff

Emily Allshouse, Director of Marketing and Communications

Emily Allshouse has worked in the field of communications and marketing for nearly a decade. She most recently served as communications specialist for the Association of California Water Agencies, and prior to that as communications and social media specialist for the League of California Cities. She also has previous experience in city and state government, property management, media and nonprofit entities such as the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

She has a bachelor of science in Humanities from California State University, Sacramento.

Emily was born and raised in Sacramento and now lives in Elk Grove with her husband and son.

Rachelle Doyle, Director of Advancement

Rachelle Doyle comes to Country Day from the Sacramento Waldorf School, where she served as director of development. Prior to that, she worked in marketing and advertising for 10 years.

She has a bachelor of science in Mass Communications from California State University, Sacramento and a certification in Fundraising and Development from UC Davis.

Shelley Hinson, Director of Technology/High School Computer Science

Shelley Hinson comes to Country Day from The Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in New Jersey, where she served as the assistant technology director. She also has held roles with VIVA Bahrain and University of Houston Optometry. 

In addition to her new administrative role, she will also teach High School Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles this year.

She has a bachelor of science in Human Resources, a master of science in Occupational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from University of Houston.

Lower School

Stephanie Castillo, Pre-Kindergarten

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

Emily Ellis, Second Grade Assistant

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. She has a B.A. from Pricipia College, and holds a California Multiple Subject Clear Teaching Credential as well as a Early Childhood Education Credential.

Rashida Lang, Second Grade

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 this 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. 

Mitzi Mapa-Contes, Director of Pre-Kindergarten

Mitzi Mapa-Contes 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.

Mitzi and her team, which includes Stephanie Castillo and Brittany Torretta, are planning an engaging and enriched curriculum for the 2018-19 Pre-K class.

Middle School

Kelly Bornmann, Sixth Grade Physical Science

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.

Ashlie Kirby, Middle School Dance Electives/After-School Enrichment

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.  She will be teaching Middle School Dance electives and will also join the faculty of our After-School Enrichment program. 

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.

Neil Landers, Middle School French

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. Neil grew up in the Chico area and is excited to come back to California.

Rommel Loria, Head of Middle School

Rommel Loria, 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. 

High School

Jane Stroup Bauman, 11th Grade English

Jane Stroup Bauman, director of college counseling and English teacher, will teach all sections of 11th Grade English including 11th Grade English AP classes for the school year. She has a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. from Georgetown University.

Bill Crabb, World Cultures 

Bill Crabb, 7th Grade History teacher, will teach all sections of 10th Grade World Cultures this year. Bill has a bachelor of arts in Historical Archaeology and a master’s degree in Experiential and Outdoor Education from California State University, Chico.

Emily Eustace, The Octagon

In addition to her role as Sixth Grade Teacher, Emily Eustace will serve as faculty advisor to the High School student newspaper The Octagon. Emily has a bachelor of arts in English and Journalism from New York University and a master’s degree from Notre Dame of Maryland.

Tucker Foehl, U.S. History

Tucker Foehl, assistant head of school, will be teaching U.S. History. Tucker received his bachelor of arts in American Studies and African American Studies from Wesleyan University and his master’s degree and M.Phil in American Studies from Yale University. 

Fred Jaravata, Senior Educational Technology Specialist/Computer Science

As Country Day’s new Senior Educational Technology Specialist, Fred Jaravata will be also be teaching High School Computer Science Principles for the school year.

Fred earned his bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of San Francisco. He has 18 years’ experience working as an educational innovation coordinator at Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco.

Liz Leavy, Medallion Advisor

Liz Leavy, High School art history teacher, will serve as the Medallion advisor for the school year. Liz has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. from UC Berkeley.

Brooke Wells, 10th Grade English

Brooke Wells, head of High School, will be teaching all 10th Grade English classes for the school year. Brooke earned his B.A. from Haverford College and a M.Ed from Michigan State University.