Tom grew up in Ohio and has been working with families of young children in the Bay Area since 1992. He has an MA in Literature from San Francisco State University and an MA in Education with an emphasis in early childhood development from Mills College. He was a Head Teacher at Stanford's Bing Nursery School from 1996-2006. He then co-founded and directed a children's play space in the East Bay called Studio Grow before becoming a Parent Coach and Parent Educator. Tom enjoys playing guitar and singing with young children. He is the author of Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time and Most Valuable Dad: Inspiring Words on Fatherhood from Sports Superstars.
Tom lives in Alameda with his wife and son.
Jennifer Adolph, Teacher
Jennifer is a Woodside native and attended Woodside Elementary starting
in 2nd grade. Jen went on to Woodside High, where she played
volleyball, basketball and softball all four years and earned Athlete
of the Year her senior year. Jen went straight to Sonoma State
University after high school where she studied English with an emphasis
in Creative Writing. After college, Jen moved to San Francisco for a
few years before she was hired at Woodside Elementary in 2003. During the summer, she is a Director at Decathlon
Sports Club summer camp located here at Woodside Elementary! In her free time she
enjoys cooking, reading, cycling and playing basketball and spending
time with her two young children.
Jen is also the new Middle School Athletic Director for Woodside School!
Sandra Foley, Para-Educator
Sandra was born in Coronado, California
and grew up in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Cupertino. She studied Early
Childhood Development at De Anza College in Cupertino, and also
completed a Child, Family, and Community course through Canada College.
She joined the staff here at WES in March of 2007. Additionally, she
served as a para-educator with the kindergarten class during the
2010-2011 school year. Before coming to WES, she
worked over eleven years as an office manager for a pediatric dental
office in Redwood City and one year as a Toddler Teacher at the Wonder
Years Preschool in Palo Alto. Sandra is deeply passionate about working
with children, and thoroughly enjoys her position working along side the
teachers in helping to support them and your children in their daily
activities. Outside of her work here, she and her husband own and
operate a family business building and restoring early model vehicles.
They delight in going to car shows and events and relish any time they
have the chance to go camping and boating. Sandra lives in Redwood City
with her husband, son, and family dog.
Kem Smith, Teacher
Kem was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a mom to twin boys.
She has been a Pre-K Teacher at Woodside Preschool since 2002. She has
her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Canada College
and a Bachelor's degree in Human Development with a focus in Child Development from Cal State Hayward. Kem
enjoys setting up the manipulative area, working with children in
blocks, leading small group activities, documenting their ideas and
assessing their development. Outside of school, Kem enjoys travel, music
and the outdoors.
Lisa Dayeh was born and raised in San Mateo, CA. She has worked in the Child
Development field since 1996 and earned her BA in Child and Adolescent
Development from San Jose State University. Lisa joined Woodside
Preschool in 2000, and has had the opportunity to work with many
wonderful families and staff members over the years. Lisa taught in all
three preschool programs at Woodside, before becoming Head Teacher in
the preschool class in 2004, and Head Teacher in the Preschool and Pre-K
classes in 2012. She currently lives in Sunnyvale with her husband and
two young children.
Edith Alvarado, Teacher
Edith grew up in El Salvador in a family of ten children. Before she
moved to the United States, she taught Algebra in a public school.
In the United States she discovered her real vocation, working with
young children. She got her BA and later her MA focusing in Early
Childhood Education from San Francisco State University. Edith began
working at Woodside Preschool in 1998 and enjoys teaching science to
preschoolers. With simple science activities, she observes how they
scaffold themselves and learn about the three states of matter. During
her free time, she enjoys walking and trying new cooking recipes.
Angie Glynn, Para-Educator
Angie is thankful to have the opportunity to interact with the
families here at WES and be part of a positive early education program
that strives to cultivate a lifelong love of learning. She feels very
fortune to have worked in the field of early childhood education since
1988. She holds a California Department of Education Site Supervisor
Permit. Angie was born and raised here in the Peninsula and is very
close to her family and childhood friends. In her spare time Angie loves
to cook, travel, and spend time with her husband.