Steve Frank — Superintendent & Preschool DirectorTop of Page

2017-18 Staff Photo Steve Frank

Steve Frank
Superintendent & Preschool Director
sfrank@woodsideschool.us

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.
 
 

Jennifer Pedersen — Upper/Middle School PrincipalTop of Page

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Jennifer Pedersen
Upper/Middle School Principal
jpedersen@woodsideschool.us

Jennifer Pedersen has been an integral part of the Woodside Middle School staff for eight years, teaching English Language Arts and serving as the 8th Grade Dean this past year. She earned her B.A. in English Literature, Theory, and Criticism and her M.A. in Education from U.C. Davis, and recently earned her M.A. in School Administration from Loyola Marymount University.  Jenn has a relationship-based approach to leadership, focusing on the importance of growth mindset, flexibility, and integrity. Her background in curriculum development, differentiation, high school transition support, and social-emotional learning positions her well to serve our Middle School community. Jenn is committed to the idea of continuous improvement and enjoys engaging with data and hands-on research, especially as it relates to advances in student achievement and program development. She is excited to join the administrative team as the new Woodside Middle School Principal and appreciates that our phenomenal staff members hold high expectations for all students. As a Woodside resident herself, she is passionate about our community and looks forward to working to uphold our school’s commitment to rigor, innovation, and fostering the development of well-rounded children.

Melissa Bowdoin — Elementary PrincipalTop of Page

2017-18 Staff photo of Melissa Bowdoin

Melissa Bowdoin
TK - 5 Elementary Principal
mbowdoin@woodsideschool.us

Melissa Bowdoin, a Bay Area native, has extensive and diverse experience in her 14-year career in education. She has had the privilege of teaching students in the first grade, fourth grade, and all through middle school. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has also collaborated with various Woodside stakeholders in curriculum and program development, assessment, behavior management, Design Thinking, STEAM, differentiation, SEL, and extra-curricular programs. Melissa currently holds the position of Dean of Students to the Class of 2021, holds multiple credentials, and is in the final stages of obtaining her Master’s in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. It is her goal to combine experience with her ability to be a compassionate, collaborative, service-oriented administrator who will make a positive contribution to Woodside Elementary School. Melissa is very excited to join the Woodside's administrative team as the new Elementary Principal. If you have any elementary school questions or items to be addressed, please contact Ms. Bowdoin directly at mbowdoin@woodsideschool.us.  

Waly Ndiaye — Director of Business Services Top of Page

Waly
Waly Ndiaye Director of Business Services
650.851.1571, ext. 4015 
 
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
mbatlle@woodsideschool.us

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.