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Pacific Ridge School Promotes Jennifer Bjornstad to Dean of Faculty

Founding Faculty Member and Current Ninth and Tenth Grade Academic Dean Promoted to Lead the Faculty

San Diego, CA, July 29, 2011 --( Pacific Ridge School, the Carlsbad non-profit, independent school, which opened in 2007 and includes grades 7-12, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jennifer Bjornstad to dean of faculty. Bjornstad, a founding faculty member and mathematics teacher, has served as the school’s ninth and tenth grade academic dean. As dean of faculty, Bjornstad will now oversee school-wide academics, including the creation of academic schedules and management of academic funds, as well as the professional development and growth of faculty.

“As a founding faculty member and school leader, Jennifer Bjornstad is well poised for the dean of faculty position,” said Dr. Bob Ogle, co-head, Pacific Ridge School. “Ms. Bjornstad proved successful in her previous role, fostering the academic excellence portion of the school’s mission. We look forward to relying on her dedication and expertise to now oversee the instructional program and professional development of the Pacific Ridge School faculty.”

Prior to joining Pacific Ridge School in 2007, Bjornstad taught algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus, as well as served as a staff collaboration coordinator for the San Dieguito Union High School District. She also served as the math department chair and teacher at Thunder Ridge High School in Denver, Co. Bjornstad earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Northwestern University and completed her graduate coursework in curriculum and instruction at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and San Diego State University.

The promotion of Bjornstad is the second leadership promotion at the school this year. In April, the Pacific Ridge School Board of Trustees unanimously approved the promotion of Dr. Bob Ogle, former assistant head of school, to co-head the school with Dr. Eileen Mullady, the founding head of school. For more information about Pacific Ridge School, administrators and faculty, and the curriculum, visit

About Pacific Ridge School:
Opened in the fall of 2007, Pacific Ridge School is a non‐profit, independent middle and high school located in the North County, San Diego. With the distinctive mission of building a community that fosters academic excellence, ethical responsibility and global engagement, Pacific Ridge offers a first-rate educational experience to prepare students for college and a purposeful life. For more information, visit or Pacific Ridge School does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, or national origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other administered programs.

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