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Stacey K. McNamara
Room 5

Welcome to Kindergarten at Woodside Elementary School.  Kindergarten is such an exciting year as students begin their educational journey at this wonderful school.  I am so blessed to be able to call “work” a place where I am able to watch our youngest students learn, grow, laugh and play with each other every day.  Some of our most interesting conversations during the course of the year are the age-old debates as to “What does the Tooth Fairy do with all those teeth?” and “What did those pesky Leprechauns do to our classroom!!!”

I come from a long line of teachers and feel I was almost pre-destined for this job.  My Great-Grandmother, Grandmother, Aunt, Mother and Father were all teachers.  Once I graduated from Long Beach State I headed up north to work in the Bay Area. 

I have been able to teach Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten here at Woodside for thirteen years.  Prior to working at Woodside Elementary, I was a kindergarten teacher in the Ross Valley School District in Marin County for four years. 

I currently live in San Carlos with my family and all of our lively pets.  My husband Alex is a Research Scientist in South San Francisco and we have two beautiful children together.  Our daughter Quinn is eleven years old and our son Shay is nine years old and they attend school in San Carlos as well.  We also have a dog, cat, fish, leopard gecko and a desert tortoise at home.  Since we have so many pets at home our children are kind enough to let me bring these little critters to class.  You will see our family pets visiting the classroom and adding to our kindergarten science curriculum. 

I am very honored to be part of such an amazing, collaborative team of teachers in Kindergarten.  The students are able to work with each one of us and learn from all of special talents we each bring to the team. 


  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Long Beach State
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education  

Professional Growth

  • Writer's Workshop Training - Teacher's College at Columbia
  • Social Emotional Institute - Nueva School
  • Science Committee 
  • LifeLab - Garden/Nutrition Education at UC Santa Cruz