Nationally Acclaimed Child Development Expert and Educator, Dr. Michael Riera, Appointed Head of Oakland’s Redwood Day School

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Berkeley resident, author, national speaker and recognized media commentator to guide innovative institution

Redwood Day School, a prominent and innovative independent school located in the foothills of Oakland, California, has named nationally renowned educator and Berkeley resident, Dr. Michael Riera, to be Head of School, effective July 1, 2004. Dr. Riera is one of the country’s foremost authorities on understanding children and teenagers and is the author of several critically acclaimed books including his most recent, the best-selling Staying Connected to Your Teenager.

“We are very fortunate and honored to have an educator with Dr. Riera’s national stature joining our school,” said Joseph Di Prisco, Chairman of the Board, Redwood Day School Board of Trustees. “Mike brings a combination of talents to our school – extensive experience working in independent schools; demonstrated expertise in developing academic programs; a pragmatic, hopeful, and sophisticated view of child development; and a wonderful ability to lead and grow our institution.”

Dr. Riera has had a distinguished career as an educator, counselor, speaker, author, and media figure. He has been the parenting correspondent for the CBS Saturday Morning Show since the show’s inception in 1997. He has authored or co-authored five books on children, teenagers and parenting, and has hosted a nationally syndicated daily radio show, Family Talk With Dr. Mike. He has also been a teacher, counselor, and dean of students at several independent schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“For over 20 years, I have worked with parents and teachers to create stimulating and nurturing environments that allow children to thrive,” said Dr. Riera. “Redwood Day School uniquely combines a passion for academic excellence with an understanding of the social and emotional development needs of children, all within a wonderfully diverse community. Redwood Day is a role model school -- helping children grow to become self-confident young adults and lifelong learners.”

Dr. Riera will be the seventh head of Redwood Day School, replacing Rick Clarke, who is completing his eighth year at Redwood Day School. Mr. Clarke announced his resignation earlier this year to pursue other opportunities.

“The entire Redwood School Community owes Rick Clarke a debt of gratitude,” said Dr. Di Prisco. “Mr. Clarke led the school through a period of tremendous growth. During his tenure, the school doubled in size. He also spearheaded a major growth project, overseeing the addition of a number of new buildings on the school’s beautiful Sheffield Avenue campus. Mr. Clarke has been a beloved leader of our community.”

Redwood Day School is committed to offering a strong academic program in a loving and nurturing environment to its diverse student body, engaging and inspiring the students in their education. This philosophy was one of the driving factors behind Riera’s decision to return to school leadership.

“I am very excited to be head of such an excellent school,” added Riera. “I look forward to working closely with the Redwood Day community as it moves into its next phase of growth.”

About Dr. Michael Riera:

Mike Riera is a nationally recognized educator, speaker, author, and media figure on issues of child and adolescent development. He has written three books and co-authored two others: all have been about children, teenagers, and parents. Since 1997, he has been the parenting correspondent for the CBS Saturday Morning Show and he has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show six times. He is also an educator with nineteen years experience as an administrator, counselor, teacher, and consultant. Dr. Riera lives in Berkeley with his wife and two children.

About Redwood Day School:

Redwood Day School is a leading academic school, located in a quiet, historic residential neighborhood in the foothills of Oakland. For more than 40 years, Redwood Day has offered a preparatory, independent, non-denominational education to its widely diverse community of kindergarten through 8th grade students, primarily from Oakland, Piedmont, Alameda and Berkeley. Redwood Day places a unique emphasis on combining rigorous academic studies with sensitivity to the social and emotional development of children. This blend helps students become self-confident young adults and lifelong learners.

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