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

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Terese McNamee
Chief Business Officer (CBO)
650.851.1571 ext. 4006
 
As I complete my second year at Woodside Elementary School District, I am most thankful for the wonderful people at this District. They have taught me that a small committed group can make a difference. I was drawn to school finance in 2011, when I read a newspaper article on school districts needing experienced financial leaders. At the time, I had been in affordable housing for over 10 years working for both Eden Housing and MidPen Housing. I loved the work of finding balance between social purpose and fiscal sustainability. When I began at Mountain View Whisman School District in 2011, I knew that I had found my calling. At Woodside,  I oversee the following areas: budget, accounting, maintenance, child nutrition, and general office support. My team has worked exceptionally hard to make the day to day seem effortless and I am very grateful for their support.

Beyond work, I have two wonderful daughters ages 17 and 19 and an amazing husband of 25 years. My oldest daughter attends Cal Poly SLO, my husband’s alma mater, and my youngest is currently deciding where she will attend college next year. I am hoping she attends Santa Clara, my alma mater. Before work, I run about 3-4 days a week and hope to run my first marathon this fall to celebrate my birthday. 
 

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Steve Frank
Middle School Principal
650.851.1571 x1135
 
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.
 
 

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Bob Sherman
Interim Elementary Principal
650.851.1571 x4008
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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. 

 

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Dr. Katherine Peterson
Director of Student Services
650.851.1571 x4007
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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:

  • Math and Literacy Early Intervention
  • Special Education
  • Middle School Advisory
  • Support for Student Success Team meetings
  • Development and Implementation of Section 504 Accommodation Plans
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Supervision of Counseling and Guidance 
  • Parent Education
  • Community and Family Outreach, including services for Tinsley families and students
  • English Language Development (ELD) & District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC)