Steve Frank — Superintendent & Middle School PrincipalTop of Page

2017-18 Staff Photo Steve Frank

Steve Frank
Superintendent & Middle School Principal

I am fortunate to be entering my 18th year at Woodside School and in my first year as Superintendent. I have an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and 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 in 2013, I transitioned to be the Middle School Principal. Now, to start the 2019-20 school year, I am the Superintendent as well as the MS Principal, supported by three MS Deans for each of the three MS grades.

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.

Middle School DeansTop of Page

Bjorn Wickström — 6th Grade Dean
Melissa Bowdoin — 7th Grade Dean
Jenn Pedersen (Mull) — 8th Grade Dean

Tom Limbert — Preschool DirectorTop of Page

2017-18 Staff Photo of Tom Limbert
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. 

Waly Ndiaye — Director of Business Services Top of Page

Waly Ndiaye Director of Business Services
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I am very excited to join the Woodside Elementary School District as Director, Business Services. I hold a BS in Accounting from New Jersey City University and an inactive CPA license from the State of California. I have over ten years of experience in School Finance. Most recently, I was a manager in the External Business services department with the San Mateo County Office of Education. Also, I held positions in the private sector, respectively, as a GL accountant, Cost Accountant, and Senior Auditor. I live in Foster City with my wife and two sons.  

Marta Grau Batlle — Student Services DirectorTop of Page

2017-18 Staff photo of Marta Batlle

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.