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Olaf Jorgenson, Head of School
A Summa Cum Laude graduate in philosophy, English and education from Washington State University, he went on to receive his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University in 1999. In 2010 Dr. Jorgenson was selected as a Klingenstein Fellow by the Teachers College of Columbia University in New York, and was selected in 2011 to return as a Field Instructor for the program, mentoring new administrators across California.Professionally, Dr. Jorgenson presents annually at educational conferences, has written books on school leadership and science education, publishes in professional journals and local media, and hosts Web seminars and teaching forums. Yet he is equally at home interacting with students in the classroom, where he teaches a Philosophy elective in our Middle School."ACS shapes confident, curious, well-adjusted young people," says Dr. Jorgenson, whose own daughter attends ACS. "We have an outstanding, positive faculty and leadership team, delightful children, and incredibly supportive parents … In my experience at schools all over the world, it just doesn’t get any better."In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports, camping and spending time with his family.
Cecilia Robb, Principal
Gary DeMoss, Assistant Principal
Steve Guerrettaz, Chief Financial Officer
Mary Beth Gay, Director of Technology
Janet Redding Richardson, Director of Advancement
Dave Parker, System Administrator
Dave Parker joined Almaden Country School in 2010 after graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in anthropology. Mr. Parker worked as a lab tech on campus for two years and found he had a knack for technology. A native of San Bruno, he settled in the Bay Area to be close to family, friends and Silicon Valley, the hub of technology. Mr. Parker is a behind-the-scenes tech guru for ACS and collaborates with the administration team to keep the computers humming, the network at full capacity and the computer lab on the cutting edge. "I wish I had gone to school here; it's such a great place to be," says Mr. Parker. "It's nice to walk around campus and just see kids being kids." When he's not tending to technology, Mr. Parker spends as much time outside as possible and especially likes to camp and go bouldering (rock climbing without the ropes).