Steve Frank — Superintendent & Preschool DirectorTop of Page

2017-18 Staff Photo Steve Frank

Steve Frank
Superintendent & Preschool Director

I am fortunate to be entering my 19th year at Woodside School and in my first year as Superintendent. I have an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and received my master’s degree in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University. I am so proud of my two amazing daughters.

I began my tenure at Woodside School in 2001, and I spent nine years as a Upper School social studies teacher.  I transitioned to administration and spent five years as the K-8th grade Assistant Principal, and in 2013, I transitioned to be the Upper School Principal. At the start of the 2019-20 school year, I held the position of Superintendent as well as the US Principal, supported by three Upper School Deans for each of the three Upper School grades. And then, starting the 2020-21 school year, which is one to go down in the history books, I was and still am, the Superintentent of the district. 

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.

Jennifer Pedersen — Upper School PrincipalTop of Page

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Jennifer Pedersen
Upper School Principal (Grades 5-8)

Jennifer Pedersen has been an integral part of the Woodside Upper School staff for eight years, teaching English Language Arts, then served  as the 8th Grade Dean during the 2019-20 school year and transitioned to Upper School Principal at the start of the epic 2020-21 school year. She earned her B.A. in English Literature, Theory, and Criticism and her M.A. in Education from U.C. Davis, and recently earned her M.A. in School Administration from Loyola Marymount University.  Jenn has a relationship-based approach to leadership, focusing on the importance of growth mindset, flexibility, and integrity. Her background in curriculum development, differentiation, high school transition support, and social-emotional learning positions her well to serve our Middle School community. Jenn is committed to the idea of continuous improvement and enjoys engaging with data and hands-on research, especially as it relates to advances in student achievement and program development. She is proud to lead the administrative team as the Woodside Upper School Principal and appreciates that our phenomenal staff members hold high expectations for all students. As a Woodside resident herself, she is passionate about our community and looks forward to working to uphold our school’s commitment to rigor, innovation, and fostering the development of well-rounded children.

Patrick Hurley — Lower School PrincipalTop of Page


Patrick Hurley
Lower School Principal (Grades TK-4)

Patrick Hurley is the Lower School Principal (Grades TK-4) at Woodside Elementary School. Patrick joined the Woodside School community as our ELD Teacher for the 2021-22 school year. Prior to this, Patrick served as the principal at Foster City Elementary School in the San Mateo-Foster City School District from 2016-2021. He taught English and English Language Development for 18 years, including 12 years at Mountain View High School. He has worked with teachers, district leaders, and education researchers on various improvement efforts, mostly related to supporting English Learners. He was a lecturer in the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) where he worked with pre-service secondary teachers on supporting English Learners. 

Patrick graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio with a BA in English and earned a master's degree in Education Administration at San Jose State University. He swims with a masters swim team most mornings before school and is currently learning how to play pickleball.

If you have any elementary / lower school questions or items to be addressed, please contact Mr. Hurley directly at   

Waly Ndiaye — Director of Business Services Top of Page

Waly Ndiaye 
Director of Business Services
Waly joined join the Woodside Elementary School District as Director, Business Services in 2018. He holds a BS in Accounting from New Jersey City University and CPA license from the State of California. Waly has over twelve years of experience in School Finance. Most recently, he was a manager in the External Business services department with the San Mateo County Office of Education. Also, Waly held positions in the private sector, respectively, as a GL accountant, Cost Accountant, and Senior Auditor. He lives in Foster City with his wife and two sons.  

Marta Grau Batlle — Student Services DirectorTop of Page

2017-18 Staff photo of Marta Batlle

Dr. Marta Grau Batlle
Student Services Director

Originally from Barcelona, I came to USA to pursue my Doctorate degree. I have been working in the field of social work, clinical psychology, and education for over 18 years in the USA and Europe. I completed my undergraduate work in psychology and social work, and my Master in Clinical Psychology in Barcelona.

I have worked as a school psychologist in USA public schools for over 10 years developing psychoeducational evaluations and providing psychological support and counseling to individuals, groups, and families, as well as coordinating strategic intervention for the management of individual and school-wide crises. I have also served as a clinical consultant for complex mental health cases of children and youth. In my work in education, I have experience developing, planning, and implementing a variety of programs for all students as well as providing leadership for the Special Education Departments.

In addition to my passion for education, my professional development has also been in the area of clinical psychology. After completing an Advance Seminar in International Trauma studies at Columbia University, I developed clinical partnerships with organizations that worked with victims of complex trauma (war victims, political asylum seekers, refugees, and survivors of genocide, and gender persecution), child protection services, and social exclusion of youth,

I am currently in the process of completing my Doctorate at the California Institute of Integral Studies with the specialization in East-West Psychology.  My dissertation is centered in developing a whole-person approach to understanding and healing trauma using an integral psychology framework.

I am very excited to be at Woodside surrounded by a very supportive parent community and highly dedicated and knowledgeable staff. I am very enthusiastic to continue serving our community in my role as Student Services Director.