Mrs. Kristina Valentine
7th/8th grade Language Arts
Monday: 9:51-10:11 (recess by appointment)
Monday: 12:20-1:00 (lunch)
This is my fifth year at WSD and I am proud to be a Wildcat! I first fell in love with Woodside School while sitting at my son's baseball game at Willie McCovey Field. We had just moved to the peninsula from across the bay. I sat on the bleachers in awe of the Heritage Oaks and Redwoods guarding this beautiful campus. The sun began to set behind the Woodside Community Garden and it became very clear to me that this was a special learning community.
Prior to working at Woodside, I worked part time for Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, as a research advisor in the Teaching Leadership graduate program and as a teacher supervisor to student teachers.
When we lived in the east bay, I taught eighth grade English and Social Studies for seven years at Harvest Park Middle School in the Pleasanton Unified School District.
I completed my M.A. in Education in Teaching Leadership at Saint Mary's College and my B.A. in English with a minor in Italian Studies from the University of Arizona. I have both a single subject English credential and a single subject Social Studies credential.
If I'm not at Woodside, then you'll probably find me driving my son or daughter to a local sports field or gym! We are an active family that loves to play sports, go for hikes around the bay area, or compete in serious family game nights. I also enjoy attending Stanford baseball games, walking my yellow lab, cooking for my family and friends, and traveling.
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating environment in which to grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Each child’s learning styles will be addressed and individual strengths will be used as building blocks for further instruction and conceptual understanding.
Our classroom community is a supportive and positive learning environment where I encourage students to take responsibility for their learning while interacting respectfully with their peers and teacher.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.