School Leadership

Stratford Preparatory places a high mandate on supporting our students’ visions of their future goals with confidence, care, excellence, and respect. Our leaders are guided by our continuous improvement plan and united in their commitment to Our Purpose, Promise, and Principles.

Our Head of School and Leadership Team 

Our Head of School is supported by the Leadership Team, who all share the desire to see our students achieve their greatest potential and work together to translate Our Purpose, Promise, and Principles into the development and daily functioning of the school.  The Leadership Team includes key leaders of school operations, academic curriculum, health and wellness, the arts, and college counseling.


Phil Dolan

Head of School

Phil Dolan holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education and joined Stratford Schools in 2016, supporting the growth of our schools as Regional Director for School Operations and Vice President of K-12 Education. With over 25 years in the field of education, Phil recognizes the importance of providing students with an excellent academic foundation. He continues to mentor teachers and leaders throughout Stratford School and is committed to providing students with an excellent academic foundation through educating the whole child.

Phil brings a passion for education and expertise in school administration to his role as Head of the School. He is looking forward to guiding and supporting our Stratford Preparatory students through their exciting Middle and High School years and leading them to success in their unique futures.

Kat Tutty

Middle School Principal

Originally from the Philippines, Kat earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She lived in Korea and Spain for over a decade, working for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. She joined the Spring Education Group as the Director of Academic Programs for BASIS Independent Silicon Valley (BISV) in 2019. In this position, she and her team served as the gatekeepers of the curriculum and coordinated all AP exams and other school-wide assessments. Her leadership and agility in pursuing academic excellence paved the way for other leadership roles at BISV, including Associate Head of School and, most recently, Head of Operations for both the Upper and Lower campuses. Kat is excited to join the Stratford family and collaborate with teachers, empowering students to recognize their worth and discover their passions and purpose.


Nat Narayanswami

Director of Academic Programs

Nat is a scientist, engineer, inventor, and veteran of the semiconductor and aerospace industries. He transitioned into education with a view to developing learning methods that narrow the gap between the classroom and real-world application, and to develop in young minds a scientific mindset critical to understanding and tackling global problems. Since 2014, he has taught engineering, mathematics, and science at Stratford School.

He has worked closely with experts in the US and abroad at Princeton, Penn State, Tohoku University-Japan, NASA, Sandia National Laboratories, and various global tech companies. He has led innovative research, product development, and knowledge creation and dissemination in diverse fields including aerodynamics, materials processing, cryogenics, and semiconductor chip manufacturing.

Nat holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Varanasi. Nat completed his post-doctoral training at the Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University-Japan. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.

Sadaf Khalil

Middle School Vice Principal

Sadaf has 20 years experience in education that includes classroom instruction in all core subjects, curriculum design and development, curriculum integration and articulation, teacher mentoring, K-12 academic and school leadership, and school accreditation. Sadaf holds a B.S. in Biomedical Science and a postgraduate qualification in secondary school education specializing in science. She has served students and families in both public and private schools in the UK, USA, and Middle East. Sadaf is passionate about lifelong learning and self-improvement, and building meaningful human connections. She is committed to advancing academic excellence and global literacy for middle and high school students in an environment that nurtures the social, emotional, and intellectual growth of future scholars and leaders. Sadaf is honored to have joined Stratford and looks forward to partnering with the parent and school community to ensure that all students feel loved and supported, and each student aspires to reach their highest potential.


Rachel Giguere

Director of Admissions

Rachel Giguere is excited to use her knowledge of private school admissions in the Bay Area to recruit exceptional students from middle schools throughout the community. Her experience includes roles of Director of Admissions at Stratford School – Palo Alto, and Assistant Director of Admissions, Dean of Student Life and Leadership, and Director of the COVID-19 Operations Team at Notre Dame High School.

Rachel holds an Ed.D. from the University of New England, a M.Ed. from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in Political Science and Human Services from Northeastern University.


Harrison Cheng

College Counselor

Harrison Cheng loves getting to know each student and helping them to discover their own strengths and abilities throughout the college admissions process. Harrison is a seasoned college admissions counselor with over 18 years of experience from both the applicant and university sides of the process. His former students have gone on to all the Ivies, Stanford, and have been Regents and Chancellor’s scholars at all of the University of California campuses.

Prior to Stratford, Harrison ran his own education technology startup company and worked in admissions at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. While the majority of Harrison’s students choose to pursue majors in healthcare, business, and computer science/engineering, he is also a lifelong musician and educator and supports students with a variety of interests.

Harrison holds a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, an MBA from UC San Diego, a certificate in college counseling from UCLA, and M.S. in Software Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Khloe Travis

Dean of Students

Khloe has dedicated her career towards advocating for students’ well-being. She has worked in education for over 10 years and joined the Stratford family in 2018. With a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education and experience working in various educational institutions, she has developed an understanding of the importance of creating student safety alongside student joy. While she was a Language Arts teacher, she simultaneously worked for a STEM and innovation learning company, Galileo Learning, for almost 10 years. During her time there, she directed large teams of staff and thousands of learners to feel supported while they engaged in a project-based curriculum. Khloe is committed to enhancing student life with events and initiatives that promote a positive student environment. Her passion for helping students live achieving and fulfilling lives has led her to excitedly take on this role as Dean of Students.