Dr. Beth Polito — SuperintendentTop of Page

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Dr. Beth Polito
(650) 851-1571 ext. 4005

As superintendent, I am the chief executive of the school district. I work closely with our administrative team, parent leaders and Board of Trustees to guide and oversee the day to day operation of our school and district.

Prior to becoming the then Superintendent/Principal here in Woodside I spent 18 years at Saratoga Union School District as a student teacher, Middle School English and Social Studies teacher, Dean of Student Activities, Vice Principal, Principal and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.

I have three professional credentials; a single subject credential in Social Studies, a K-5 multiple subject credential, and an administrative credential. I received my bachelors degree in Social Science from Cal Poly, SLO, my graduate degree in Education Administration from Santa Clara University and my Doctor of Education in Organization and Leadership from University of San Francisco.

I live in San Jose with my 16 year old son, husband and my daughter is a senior in college in Washington State.

My personal professional growth has focused on the areas of site and district leadership, women's leadership, Readers and Writers Workshop, Progressive Mathematics Instruction, Design Thinking, Social and Emotional Learning, Gifted and Talented Education, strategic planning and facilities development.

Steve Frank — Middle School PrincipalTop of Page

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Steve Frank
Middle School Principal
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I am fortunate to be entering my 15th year at Woodside School.  I have an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and I received my master’s degree in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University.  Along with my beautiful wife and two amazing girls, we are fortunate to call Portola Valley home.

I began my tenure at Woodside School in 2001, and I spent nine years as a Middle School social studies teacher.  I transitioned to administration and spent five years as the K-8th grade Assistant Principal, and I am very excited to begin my first year as the Middle School Principal.  In addition to my Middle School duties, I will continue to oversee school wide responsibilities, including school safety, scheduling, and state assessments. 

My duration at Woodside School is due in large part to the small town experiences that Woodside provides.  The talented staff, motivated students, and supportive parents help to provide a rich, nurturing environment for learning to occur.  I take great pride in the relationships that have been created during my tenure at Woodside School, and there is no better feeling to watch our students grow into leaders as they enter the world.

Lauren Petrea — Elementary PrincipalTop of Page

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Ms. Lauren Petrea
TK - 5 Elementary Principal
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I am excited to continue my role as the TK-5 Elementary Principal. I am a graduate of UC Davis (Go Aggies!) and earned my Master’s degree in Instruction at Saint Mary’s College of Moraga (Go Gaels!).  This will be my 16th year in education.

I live in San Jose with my husband, son, and 2 dogs. My husband is passionate about snowboarding so when it’s the snow season, we like to take our son skiing. We also love to travel. Last summer, we visited Thailand and Korea.

If you are a new family, I look forward to meeting you and your family. We are going to have a fantastic year. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Tom Limbert — Preschool DirectorTop of Page

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Tom Limbert
Preschool Director
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Tom grew up in Ohio and has been working with families of young children in the Bay Area since 1992. He has an MA in Literature from San Francisco State University and an MA in Education with an emphasis in early childhood development from Mills College. He was a Head Teacher at Stanford's Bing Nursery School from 1996-2006. He then co-founded and directed a children's play space in the East Bay called Studio Grow before becoming a Parent Coach and Parent Educator. Tom enjoys playing guitar and singing with young children. He is the author of Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time and Most Valuable Dad: Inspiring Words on Fatherhood from Sports Superstars. Tom lives in Alameda with his wife and son. 

Monique Hunt — Director of Business Services Top of Page

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Monique Bautista
Director of Business Services

I have been fortunate to be a member of the Woodside team since 2016.  As Director of Business Services, my role is to support instructional services, facilities, school lunches, budgeting, procurement, and employee benefits.

For the past 14 years, I have lived in Saratoga with my two sons, enjoying the outdoors and sports.

I began my career as an engineer, holding a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. When my two sons began attending public school, I became an active volunteer at their school and the local education foundation.  This experience fostered my passion for education and launched my transition to a career in education.  I started my career in education at Saratoga Union School District as their District Data Coordinator.  My favorite part of this job was analyzing student data to help staff identify individual student needs.  My experience at Woodside includes, student assessment and registration, compliance reporting, special education support, PowerSchool administration, accounts payable, payroll and budget monitoring.

I have a lot of respect for the education that the Woodside school community provides its students.  My goal is to support this community to continue a tradition of excellence. I look forward to collaborating with administrators, teachers, staff, Woodside School Foundation, and Woodside PTA to provide the best possible education for Woodside students.

Marta Grau Batlle — Student Service DirectorTop of Page

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Marta Grau Batlle
Student Services Director

Originally from Barcelona, I came to USA to pursue my Doctorate degree. I have been working in the field of social work, clinical psychology, and education for over 18 years in the USA and Europe. I completed my undergraduate work in psychology and social work, and my Master in Clinical Psychology in Barcelona.

I have worked as a school psychologist in USA public schools for over 10 years developing psychoeducational evaluations and providing psychological support and counseling to individuals, groups, and families, as well as coordinating strategic intervention for the management of individual and school-wide crises. I have also served as a clinical consultant for complex mental health cases of children and youth. In my work in education, I have experience developing, planning, and implementing a variety of programs for all students as well as providing leadership for the Special Education Departments.

In addition to my passion for education, my professional development has also been in the area of clinical psychology. After completing an Advance Seminar in International Trauma studies at Columbia University, I developed clinical partnerships with organizations that worked with victims of complex trauma (war victims, political asylum seekers, refugees, and survivors of genocide, and gender persecution), child protection services, and social exclusion of youth,

I am currently in the process of completing my Doctorate at the California Institute of Integral Studies with the specialization in East-West Psychology.  My dissertation is centered in developing a whole-person approach to understanding and healing trauma using an integral psychology framework.

I am very excited to be at Woodside surrounded by a very supportive parent community and highly dedicated and knowledgeable staff. I am very enthusiastic to continue serving our community in my role as Student services Coordinator.