FOUNDER, HEAD OF SCHOOL
Ron Graydon is the founder and head of school at Orinda Academy and an administrator and educator for 40 years. Ron began his career in education as the science department head, science teacher, master teacher, and co-director of Independent Learning School in Corte Madera and Berkeley from 1975-1980. In 1980 Ron started North Bay Secondary School with two other colleagues in Point Richmond.
In 1981 he helped found North Bay Marin School, which is now the Marin School, and in 1982 moved back to the East Bay to form Orinda Academy at Wagner Ranch School in Orinda, which moved to its current site in 1994. At OA Ron has taught science, health, PE and social studies, and currently teaches weight training and fills in as substitute science teacher and adviser.
Ron has a bachelor of science in conservation of natural resources from U.C. Berkeley, with minors in biology and social science, teaching credentials in life science, conservation, and social science from U.C. Berkeley, and a fitness instruction certificate from Cal State East Bay. Ron is also a drummer, naturalist, environmentalist, personal trainer, and photographer. He loves to work out, hike, snorkel, body surf, travel, watch A’s baseball, and spend time with his family.