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St. Albans Country Day School appoints interim head of school

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St. Albans Country Day School’s executive board has selected Laura Bernauer as interim head of school effective July 1. Bernauer was the kindergarten teacher and reading specialist on campus and has been a St. Albans faculty member since 1994. Bernauer has agreed to serve as the interim head of school through the 2008-09 academic year. “Mrs. Bernauer is the perfect candidate to serve as the administrator for St. Albans,” said Board President Alan Schostag in a prepared statement. “She will continue the philosophy of a providing a nurturing environment for the whole child, is an excellent teacher respected by our parents and student body, and is a leader among her peers. The executive board will continue the search for a permanent Head of School this year, and we are grateful for Mrs. Bernauer’s commitment to this leadership position on campus. We look forward to working with her to provide the best possible education for our children.” Bernauer earned a bachelor of science degree in human development from UC Davis in 1988. She completed her teaching credential through the UC Davis Department of Education in 1989. She was hired by the Elk Grove School District and taught first grade for five years at Foulks Elementary School before joining the St. Albans Country Day School faculty as the kindergarten teacher in 1994. Bernaur added reading specialist duties during the 1999-2000 school year. In addition to her 14-year faculty experience at St. Albans Country Day School, Bernauer served the school community in leadership roles. She participated on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges team for the past two accreditations. St. Albans Country Day School received the highest accreditation possible each time with six-year accreditation self-check status. Bernauer has been a supporter for many of the programs that make the school’s students so successful as measured by annual standardized testing and the St. Albans graduates’ academic performances in high school and college. “I love the St. Albans community and look forward to my new role as the Head of School,” Bernauer said in a news release. “The children receive an excellent education here at St. Albans, where the families are valued as essential participants. We are always striving to provide the best learning environment so that our students may reach their full potential. I enjoy working with the staff, and I know that we all feel this is a very special school. We know our graduates leave with more than just an education, they leave as confident, lifelong learners.” St. Albans Country Day School is a nonprofit, independent private school (pre-K through 8th grade) located in Roseville. The school’s mission is to offer an intellectually stimulating, personally enriching, and academically challenging educational program.