Leadership, Faculty & Staff Expertise and Passion

Champions of Student Success

A team of dedicated educators, staff, and leaders guide students toward transformative learning and meaningful connections. Driven by the visionary leadership of our Head of School, Kelly Sortino, our faculty brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. In our small classes, averaging just 14 students, teachers get to know students personally as individuals with unique dreams and aspirations. They are educators, mentors, and champions of student success.
Crystal Stewardship
Our Board of Trustees plays a pivotal role in shaping the school’s direction, ensuring that we stay true to our mission of empowering kind, curious learners. Under their stewardship, Crystal has grown into a vibrant, inclusive community where every student’s journey is valued and nurtured. We invite you to meet the people integral to your story at Crystal.

2024-25 Board of Trustees

Tiersa Aldridge
P ’19, ’21, ’23

Nicole Alston
Secretary, Trustees Chair, 
P ’28

Jennifer Chung
P ’29

Jason Davila
P ’23, ’25

Matthew Ebbel ’97
Investment Chair

Mina Fisher ’95
P ’29

Jeffrey Grimes ’11

Kevin Laws
Treasurer, Finance Chair, P ’24, ’26

Julie Lee
Vice President, P ’25, ’27, ’28

Ana (Gonzalez) Leyva ‘07

I-Han Liang
P ’22

Peter Meier
P ’25, ’28

Sascha Mornell
P ’22, ’25, ’30

Julie Ottoboni Veit 
P ‘26, '28

Meena Satyavolu Rangachary

Facilities Chair, P ‘27

Kelly Sortino, 

Ex Officio Head of School

Kristi Spence ‘59

Lifetime Trustee

Steve Spinner

P ‘27

Hans Tung

P ‘26, '30

Cristal Waldrop

President, Board Chair, 
P ‘22 ‘25

John Warren
P ‘29

Stacia Wells

P '27, '27

Kayoko Wong '97

P '28

Emerita Trustee

Jennifer Johnson ‘82

P '11 '19

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    Head of School Kelly Sortino

    Students and parents trust in Kelly’s dedication, extensive experience, and strong leadership to guide the school.
    Meet Kelly

Meet your guides Mentors & Academic Champions

Teachers and staff are valued individuals who thrive academically, professionally, and personally, just like their students. They bring knowledge, passion, and a deep understanding of education's transformative power.

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    Join our family INSPIRE Students

    You’ll find an environment deeply rooted in best practices that inspire growth and innovation.
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Our Crystal Senior Leadership Team

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    Kelly Sortino 

    Head of School
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    Peter Antupit 

    Chief Information Officer, 11th Grade Team Lead
  • Photo of Betsy Berman

    Betsy Berman 

    Assistant Head for Advancement and Strategy
  • Photo of Jess Dang

    Jess Dang 

    Head of Middle School
  • Photo of Dot Kowal

    Dot Kowal 

    Head of Upper School
  • Photo of Lou Kim

    Lou Kim 

    Associate Head for Institutional Programs and Initiatives, 9th Grade Team Lead
  • Photo of Debbie Lumpkin

    Debbie Lumpkin 

    Chief People, Culture and Inclusion Officer
  • Photo of Brian Talbott

    Brian Talbott 

    Chief Financial and Operating Officer (CFOO)

This is the start of Your Journey


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Middle School

10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002

Upper School

400 Uplands Drive, Hillsborough, CA 94010
Nondiscriminatory Policy: Crystal Springs Uplands School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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