community
administration

Walter Landberg
Head of School

Walter Landberg joined New Roads School as the second Head of School on July 1, 2013. Walter began his career as 1st and 2nd grade teacher in the Oakland Public Schools in Oakland, California. Before heading back East for graduate school, Walter served as a 3rd Grade teacher at Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood. Since 2001, Walter has served as the Executive Director/Head of School at the K-12 Innovation Academy in the suburbs of Boston. During his tenure at Innovation Academy, Walter led the expansion of the school from a 5-8 middle school with 175 students to a 5-12 program, with over 700 students and an equally long waiting list. Walter orchestrated the purchase of the school’s 200 acre permanent home and main 80,000 square foot building, and facilitated an inclusive campus master planning process, completing the construction of a new middle school/arts and science building as well as a competition level track and field. Walter attended the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, MA where he received his BA in Sociology and completed a Masters of Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Ryan Hawley
Assistant Head of School for Operations

A seasoned teacher and special educator, Ryan joined the New Roads faculty in 2004 as lead teacher in the then brand new Spectrum Program, New Roads’ innovative program supporting academically capable secondary school students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.   Ryan has played a central role in the administrative team at New Roads, serving as Co-Director of the Spectrum Program, then as an Academic Dean of the High School.  He became Assistant Director of the High School in 2012 before being appointed to his current position.  Previously, Ryan taught Special Education in Chicago and New York public schools.  He received a BA from Indiana University and an MA in School Administration from Cal State Northridge.

Dan Weslow
Director, Secondary School

Daniel graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a BA in History and Political Science. He earned his MA in Education from Pepperdine University, with an emphasis in Curriculum Development and Leadership, and currently is finishing his doctorate in Education where his focus of study is on parent involvement and private school sustainability. Daniel holds a California Single-Subject Teaching Credential in History, and has taught in public and private schools at middle, high school, and community college levels. Before joining the New Roads community, he was Head of School at New Heights Preparatory in Northridge, CA. Daniel has published articles on curriculum implementation techniques and organizational change.

Dr. Jacqueline Olivier
Director, Elementary School

Dr. Olivier joined the New Roads community in 2010 with a wealth of experience in both public and private elementary education. She began her career as a bilingual classroom teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and then moved to independent school education holding positions as Technology Director, Academic Dean, and Assistant Head of school at Carlthorp School in Santa Monica; and as Head of School at The Gillispie School in La Jolla. Immediately prior to joining New Roads, Dr. Olivier was the Founding Head of School at New Village Leadership Academy in Calabasas. She graduated UCLA with a degree in Spanish and Linguistics; received her MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Cal State, Northridge; and received her Doctoral Degree in Education from Pepperdine University.