Understand that play is a child’s work and a precursor to learning in all capacities.
Are warm, engaged and observant.
Model empathy and compassion.
Ask thoughtful questions that scaffold children toward deeper thinking and problem solving.
Seek genuine partnerships with the children and families of our school community.
Maintain a clean, safe, supportive, and stimulating environment.
guide, document, interpret and assess children’s ideas, work, and
development in terms of personal growth and kindergarten preparedness.
Lisa Dayeh, Preschool Supervisor
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 preschool programs at Woodside, before becoming Assistant Director in 2013, and Preschool Site Supervisor in 2020. She currently lives in Sunnyvale with her husband and two children.
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 Upper School Athletic Director for Woodside School!
Alexandra Furner, Para-Educator Alexandra grew up in San Mateo, California. She studied Early Childhood Development at Canada College where she earned her Early Childhood Education Certificate. Alexandra has been working with children since she was 19 years old. She was a head preschool teacher at Woodside Parents’ Nursery School before coming to WES. Alexandra’s daughter has been at Woodside Elementary since Kindergarten and is now entering the third grade. Alexandra is extremely excited to work with the preschool team at WES, using her preschool teaching skills to support the teachers and children. Outside of her work as a teacher, she and her daughter enjoy trips to the beach, creating art, camping, cooking and exploring new places. _________________________
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 on 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.
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 for 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 alongside 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.