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 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 new Middle School Athletic Director for Woodside School!
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.
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.
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.
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.