Administration

Admin Heidi Johnson

Heidi Johnson

Heidi has been Waverly’s head of school for over twenty years and looks forward to many more. She has a B.A. in polit­i­cal science, a teach­ing creden­tial, and a Master’s degree in Educa­tion from the Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Los Angeles. Heidi has worked for more than 30 years in public and private schools at the elemen­tary, middle, and high school levels. Heidi’s two chil­dren grad­u­ated from Waverly: Sam 03 and Ryland 08. When she’s not at Waverly, Heidi is hiking with her dachs­hund and Labrador, reading fiction, or putter­ing in her Cali­for­nia natives garden.

Admin Jason Gottlieb

Jason Gottlieb

Jason is the assis­tant head of school at the elemen­tary school. He has a B.A. in Polit­i­cal Studies from Pitzer College and a Master of Arts in Teach­ing from Seattle Univer­sity. He has taught for over 25 years and joined the Waverly commu­nity in 2009. His youngest son Sam is in 12th grade; his older sons grad­u­ated from Waverly – Patrick 16 and Eamonn 15. In his free time, Jason enjoys family time, watch­ing Manches­ter United play (and hope­fully win!), and keeping a daily journal.

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Joel Murillo

Joel is the assis­tant head of school at the middle and high schools. Joel has a B.A. in Spanish from Dart­mouth College and has completed advanced course­work in math­e­mat­ics and educa­tion. Joel spent eleven years at Wild­wood School in West Los Angeles as middle school direc­tor and high school Spanish teacher. His daugh­ters, Lila and Lucia, are Waverly students in the 7th and 9th grades. An avid gardener and cook, Joel enjoys explor­ing the diverse food and culture of the many neigh­bor­hoods in Los Angeles with his family.

Admin Amy Sloboda

Amy Sloboda

Amy is the middle school dean. Amy has an M.F.A. in film and video from Cali­for­nia Insti­tute of the Arts and a B.A. from Univer­sity of Nevada, Las Vegas where she studied English and film. She spent seven years at Wild­wood School in West Los Angeles where she was the Admin­is­tra­tive Direc­tor and taught the film elec­tive. Prior to working at Waverly, Amy was a consul­tant for Cal/​West Educa­tors, guiding inde­pen­dent school board members through the process of hiring heads of school. Amy has two chil­dren, Nola and Kanaan, and two lovable rescue dogs, Josie and Katie. She spends her down­time with her husband and chil­dren at home or explor­ing Los Angeles and trying out new restau­rants in their NELA neighborhood.

Bio Photo Jennifer Dakan

Jennifer Dakan

Jennifer is Waverly’s admis­sions direc­tor. Jennifer has a B.A. in English from the Univer­sity of San Fran­cisco, a teach­ing creden­tial from San José State Univer­sity, and over 13 years of expe­ri­ence teach­ing middle and high school students. She has two sons at Waverly: Charlie in 10th grade and Sam in 12th. Her eldest child Leo grad­u­ated from Waverly in 2016. Jen enjoys writing and photog­ra­phy and at times teaches both.

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Elaine Lass

Elaine has been Waverly’s direc­tor of college coun­sel­ing since 2003. She has a B.A. in psychol­ogy and educa­tion from Cham­i­nade Univer­sity of Honolulu, a Master’s degree in Educa­tional Psychol­ogy from Loyola Mary­mount Univer­sity, and a teach­ing and pupil person­nel creden­tial. Elaine has worked in college coun­sel­ing for over 30 years and still loves being a part of the chal­leng­ing appli­ca­tion process. When she’s not working she enjoys spend­ing time on the beach with her husband and chil­dren as well as visit­ing colleges to stay in tune with the student experience.

Bio Photo Tracey Fiss

Tracey Fiss

Tracey is Waverly’s busi­ness and facil­i­ties manager. Tracey has a B.A. in Econom­ics from the Univer­sity of Cali­for­nia, Santa Barbara and many years of busi­ness manage­ment expe­ri­ence. Before coming to Waverly, Tracey worked as a corpo­rate manager for eleven years. In her free time, Tracey loves riding her bicycle at the beach.

Admin Carolyn Hom

Carolyn Hom

Carolyn, devel­op­ment direc­tor, has a B.A. in jour­nal­ism from the Univer­sity of South­ern Cali­for­nia. She has worked in devel­op­ment, market­ing, and public rela­tions for more than 35 years and has led fund-raising work with an array of inde­pen­dent schools. Carolyn and her husband are Pasadena resi­dents who enjoy travel and trying out the region’s many and varied restau­rants. Their son, who attended area inde­pen­dent schools, lives and works in Dallas.