Chris Harris, Chief Schools Officer
Interim Head of School
Mr. Harris has developed and refined specialized interdisciplinary programming for children with learning, social-emotional and attention challenges at Children’s Health Council for over 15 years. He is also an adjunct lecturer in the Graduate School Special Education Department at San Jose State University. In the past, Chris has also served as Executive Director at The Janus School, Pennsylvania, The Chartwell School, Monterey, California, and Children’s Health Council.
Heather Whitlock, Assistant Head of School
Interim Middle School Director
Heather has been passionate about Special Education ever since a close family member was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age. She witnessed how specially trained teachers with a background in multi-sensory instruction and a drive to connect with their students changed the lives of children who struggled in a traditional learning environment. Inspired by these educators, Heather began her career in Special Education, teaching at a school for children with language-based learning differences. She spent seven years teaching struggling readers using the Slingerland Method and obtained Certification from Wilson Language.
When Sand Hill School opened in 2011, Heather knew she wanted to be part of a warm and energetic school community where youngsters who have struggled gain the tools they need to thrive and learn to love school again.
Lisa Parnello, Literacy Specialist, Wilson Trainer
Interim Lower School Director
Ms. Parnello has been teaching for over ten years in grades K-6. She taught general education for three years in Phoenix before returning to California where she decided her heart was in Special Education. She taught students with Autism and other mild to moderate disabilities for four years before joining the staff at Sand Hill School. Lisa earned her BA in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and her MEd in Special Education from University of Phoenix. She has also earned her CTEL/CLAD certification from Stanford University. She holds teaching credentials in both general education and special education.
Lisa has been using the Wilson Reading System in the classroom for the past five years and is now a Wilson Credentialed Trainer. She continues to work with students and is excited to be training educators in the Wilson Reading System.
Jeff Kozlowski, Special Projects
Jeff Kozlowski has over 20 years of experience as an educator and champion of students, families and teachers. Before joining Sand Hill School, Jeff was Head of School at Fusion Academy in Walnut Creek. For Jeff, kids have always come first, and he wanted to be a teacher early on. He holds a Bachelor of Science in history and in special education, and he has a Master’s degree in educational leadership. He has been a mentor, a teacher, a school principal and Head of School at several locations—Principal at New Haven Youth and Family Services in Southern California working with at-risk adolescent boys, Director of Special Education at The Winston School in San Diego working with bright kids with learning differences. Jeff supports the promise and potential of every child and believes that “Every student is carrying something you can’t see.”
Ramsey Khasho, PsyD, Chief Clinical Officer
Ramsey Khasho, PsyD, is CHC’s Chief Clinical Officer and Director of Clinical Services for Sand Hill School. Dr. Khasho has over 20 years experience evaluating and treating children, teens and families. He explains, “Our specialists work together to bring all their knowledge and points of view to the table to discover what’s really going on with each child. Our highly-trained expert staff includes licensed psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, educational specialists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists–all right here and ready to help.”
Rosalie Whitlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of CHC
Dr. Whitlock spent nine years on Children’s Health Council’s Board of Directors–two of those years as Chairman–before becoming Executive Director.
In her 25-plus years’ experience, Dr. Whitlock has become a leader in learning. As Head of Charles Armstrong School for 11 years, she led the development of cutting-edge curriculum to help kids with learning differences succeed based on their strengths. Dr. Whitlock’s experience has given her an intimate understanding of parents’ concerns and the impact on the whole family when a child struggles.
Dr. Whitlock is a former member of the International Dyslexia Association’s Board of Directors, is also a founding and current board member of Parents Education Network (PEN) and was the Executive Director of the Accelerated School Project at Stanford University in their School of Education.
For a complete listing of staff visit the Sand Hill School Staff Directory on the CHC website.