Academics
College Counseling

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

David Jenkins
Assistant Head of Upper School for Student Life and College Counseling
(858) 453-3440 x221
djenkins@ljcds.org
 
“I inspire greatness by working with our students to develop relationships based on dignity, learning about the things they want to do, finding ways to say yes, and helping them navigate the path they choose to follow.”
 
Dave Jenkins arrived at La Jolla Country Day School following a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, he attended flight school and earned his wings as a helicopter pilot. While on sea duty, he made multiple six-month deployments to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. His shore-duty assignments included a couple of years at the Pentagon, graduate school, and at Naval Air Station, North Island, here in San Diego. During his time in the Navy, he had the opportunity to serve in a variety of leadership positions.
 
LJCDS was a perfect landing place for Mr. Jenkins. He spent his first 12 years in the Upper School teaching in the math department. During this time, he also coached the girls varsity soccer team and the girls varsity lacrosse team, and served as the sophomore class dean. In 2014, Mr. Jenkins joined the Upper School administrative team as dean of academics and student life for juniors and seniors.
 
Mr. Jenkins enjoys reading and often has up to five books on his nightstand. He enjoys biographies, but you will also find Nelson DeMille novels and works by David McCullough.

Mr. Jenkins and his wife, Masami, are proud parents of daughter Lorin who is a 2007 alumna of LJCDS. They live in Bonita, and Lorin is a CPA living and working in New York City.
TERRI BAMFORD
Coach and Athletic Liaison for College Counseling and Athletic Transportation Coordinator
858-453-3440, x233
tbamford@ljcds.org

“As the head women’s varsity basketball coach at LJCDS since 1997, I strive to inspire greatness for a better world by establishing a culture of excellence within our programs. It is my goal to develop strong leaders in our community and instill qualities of passion, toughness, resiliency, selflessness, interior accountability and unwavering commitment.”

As a coach, ninth-grade adviser, and athletic liaison for college counseling, Terri Bamford has taken on the task of helping to mold our students and student-athletes into future leaders. Coach Bamford is committed to assisting her athletes and advisees in becoming responsible, productive and successful individuals. She provides endless support to LJCDS students and seeks to teach the importance of leadership, teamwork, character and commitment both in the classroom and on the basketball court.  

During her coaching tenure at LJCDS, Coach Bamford’s teams have won 14 league titles, 13 San Diego Section CIF titles, eight Southern Regional Championship titles and four State Championship titles. Coach Bamford was named the CalHi Sports Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2012. Thirty of Coach Bamford’s players have gone on to play Division I basketball.

Prior to her arrival at LJCDS, Coach Bamford served as head coach of San Pasqual High School’s girls basketball team and led Mira Costa College to two undefeated Pacific Coast titles. Prior to Mira Costa College, Coach Bamford led Palomar College to its first Pacific Coast Conference title in 1994.  

Coach Bamford lives in Camino Del Sur, and her son Frankie, class of 2012, is an LJCDS lifer.
PIOTR DABROWSKI
Co-Director of College Counseling
858-453-3440, x280
pdabrowski@ljcds.org

“I inspire greatness for a better world by challenging students to create their own paths in life. Our conversations go beyond simply talking about colleges. To grow in all aspects of their lives, I encourage them to examine their values.”

Piotr Dabrowski joined LJCDS’s Upper School as co-director of college counseling in 2013. Prior to working with LJCDS, he worked at Sage Ridge School as the director of college counseling and registrar. He also served as advisor to the community service club and student government, and coached volleyball and track.

Before joining Sage Ridge, Mr. Dabrowski was a college counselor at the Shenzhen College of International Education (SCIE), in China. He also served as a head of house and assistant soccer coach at SCIE. During his time in China, he picked up Mandarin and an insatiable taste for Chinese food.

Mr. Dabrowski earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Illinois Wesleyan University and then went to Lehigh University for postgraduate work, earning a certificate in international school counseling.

In his spare time, he enjoys volleyball, driving (not in San Diego traffic), golfing, surfing and traveling. Mr. Dabrowski has been fortunate enough to have traveled to more than 30 countries so far and would love to experience Spain next.
KEN MAGID
College Admissions Advisor – Parent Services
858-453-3440, x284
kmagid@ljcds.org

“I inspire greatness for a better world by giving parents a larger and healthier view of the college admissions system and by equipping them with the tools to assist their child in the process.”

Winston Churchill once described Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Many believe that description can also be applied to the current college admissions system. In fact, the system is not quite so mysterious after all. Ken Magid’s role at LJCDS is to help parents unwrap that riddle and solve it by shifting their point of view to that of a college admission officer.

Mr. Magid began his career in the U.S. Navy where he served in a variety of positions, including operations and tactical action officer on a guided missile frigate and executive officer (second in command) of an amphibious warfare ship home ported in San Diego. While in the Navy, Mr. Magid received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

Upon retiring from the Navy, Mr. Magid attended law school and received a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. After working as a business litigator at a national law firm, Mr. Magid opened his own practice in Trusts and Estates.

Mr. Magid and his wife, Barbara, are former LJCDS parents. Their child, Kayla ’16, is attending Stanford University. 
EMILY STEVENSON
Co-Director of College Counseling

858-453-3440 x127
estevenson@ljcds.org

“I inspire greatness for a better world by providing a college counseling environment that encourages students to realize their own greatness, to embrace their unique selves, and to learn how to use their experience to make a positive impact in college and beyond. For most students, choosing a college can be overwhelming. I help ease the anxiety by helping students and parents navigate the admission process and empowering students to find a college that is the best fit for their educational and personal journey.”
 
Emily Stevenson joined LJCDS College Counseling team in 2016 after spending more than 12 years working in college admissions. Ms. Stevenson moved to San Diego from Memphis, Tennessee, in 1999 to attend the University of San Diego (USD), where she received a bachelor’s in communication studies. After graduating in 2003, Ms. Stevenson worked in marketing and sales but soon realized her passion lies in working with high school students. She returned to her alma mater to work in undergraduate admissions and earned her Master of Arts in Counseling.
 
In addition to working for USD, Ms. Stevenson read admission applications for the University of California, San Diego, and was the interim director of college advising for High Tech High Media Arts and High Tech High International. Most recently, Ms. Stevenson was the regional director of recruitment for Rutgers University, New Brunswick. 
 
Outside of work, Ms. Stevenson enjoys coaching, running, swimming or participating in extreme outdoor adventure. Her favorite partners in crime are her two children, Jacob, class of 2027 and Maddie, class of 2030, who joined the LJCDS family in the fall. 
VALENCIA VALENTINE HAMMAN
Co-Director of College Counseling
858-453-3440, x145
vhamman@ljcds.org


“I feel strongly that through the journey of the college admission process I am able to inspire greatness for a better world. As I tell every student who steps into my office, they are exactly where they need to be with regard to the steps that lead to college. Each student has his or her own educational path, and I am poised to help them get from wherever they might be when they first walk through the door to where they are headed for college.”

Valencia Valentine Hamman joined the LJCDS college counseling staff in 2007 after spending more than 20 years working in the field of college admission. A native of Peoria, IL, Ms. Valentine Hamman began her admission career at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she worked for four years, then she moved to San Diego, where she was a member of the admission staff at the University of San Diego for more than 12 years. She also worked as a West Coast regional representative for Cornell University for four years, recruiting students from all over the west to attend Cornell. Admission work began for her as a way to give back to her alma mater, but it has become a lifelong passion.

Ms. Valentine Hamman attended Beloit College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in French and psychology. She has lived in San Diego since 1991 with her husband, Peter, a facilities engineer for a start-up biotechnology company. They have two children: Jackson (LJCDS class of 2020) and Isabella, a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. They all love being a part of the LJCDS family.
May Vukotich
College Counseling Administrative Assistant
(858) 453-3440 x308
mvukotich@ljcds.org

Ms. Vukotich graduated from Cal State, Fullerton, with the hopes of becoming an educator, but her career path took her to the corporate sector, working in the home building, food, technology and mortgage industries. When the opportunity to work at La Jolla Country Day School was presented to her in April 2008, Ms. Vukotich said it felt like she was given a second chance to get back to the field she loves.
 
Ms. Vukotich considers herself an “almost” native of San Diego, as her father was stationed in San Diego with the U.S. Navy when she was a child. When she is not tapping on the laptop keys, she and her family are tackling a new craft found on Pinterest, visiting San Diego sites, or spending time with family and friends.
 
“My husband, Stefan, and I are the proud parents of two LJCDS students: Natalia ’20 and Iliana ’25. We are excited about the new technologies that allow us to take courses together, learn a new craft together, or video-chat with my mom, who is in the Philippines.”