Kent Grady, Head of School


Throughout his over 35-years in education, leadership and administration, Kent’s passion for child development and education has been a constant. Kent began his career teaching kindergarten, high school mathematics (and windsurfing), and enjoyed 10 years as a lecturer for San Francisco State University. For over a decade, he was an Executive Director for an international wilderness education program for teenagers.


Having grown up in San Francisco and Marin, Kent and his wife, Tory are Bay Area natives, now living in the small town of Nicasio (just west of Novato). They have two children, both graduates of Miss Sandie's School.


Kent received his bachelor’s degree from U.C. Santa Barbara.

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Pam Decker, School Director


Pam has an unsurpassed knowledge of all things children – developmental, social, intellectual and physical. Pam has been working at Miss Sandie’s for over 28 years, starting as a teacher and eventually being promoted to Program Director then Director.

We are so fortunate to have access to Pam’s wealth of knowledge and experience. She is an incredible asset to the entire Miss Sandie’s School community and beyond.

Importantly, Pam is extremely down-to-earth, approachable, kind and caring. Her youthful spirit and energy set the tone for the entire Miss Sandie’s School staff and her love of children is obvious. Pam has been the Director for over 20 years.

Pam and her husband, Mark have been living in Novato, and part of the larger North Bay community for over 60 years. She received her degree in early childhood education from Sonoma State and College of Marin.


Angela Barrientos, School Director

Welcome Angela! Her bio is coming soon.