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.
Interim Elementary Principal
I am so excited to rejoin the community of Woodside School. When I was last here, officially, I was the Assistant Principal from 2002 to 2008. Of course I have been keeping up with many Woodside friends in the meantime. I was so thrilled to see Ms. Iverson’s front-page story in the Almanac last week. Her classroom is always so relaxing. It remains a very safe place to express creativity.
There are so many wonderful changes at WES, the garden flourishing and Sellman sparkling. I look forward to discovering much more. There are also many things that haven’t changed much at all. The cheerful welcome that I received from staff and students showed me that kindness is still a top priority. Please come say hello and let me know what you love about this amazing school.
Dr. Katherine Peterson
Director of Student Services
I am currently in my 7th year at Woodside. I have never seen a more supportive parent community, nor a more dedicated and knowledgeable staff! This community is an amazing place to watch students take care of one another, grapple with challenges, learn 21st century skills, and grow in their inter- and intra-personal skills.
One of my favorite school traditions is the Paws of Praise awards, given monthly to those students who have demonstrated exceptional character and the SEL competencies. Please join us at the last Wednesday morning Line Up of each month to help us celebrate the caring community at WES.
My background is as a school psychologist and counselor working throughout the Bay Area. I completed my undergraduate work in Psychology at Princeton and my graduate work at UC Berkeley. Mindset psychology was my research passion and it is wonderful to see Carol Dweck's work in the mainstream of education and the importance of growth mindsets throughout our curriculum initiatives.
I live in Menlo Park with my husband and daughter Annabelle (6).
My role at Woodside includes: