Faculty & Staff




Justin Htut

Computer Science and Geometry

Justin recieved his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and currently attending San Francisco State University for master’s degree in Computer Science. He fell in love with teaching during his undergrad years and continued to teach since then. Outside of teaching, he works as a Software Engineer and he joins Woodside International as a Computer Science instructor.

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James Kirkpatrick

Head of School / English Instructor

James grew up in Ventura, California. He received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in Native American Studies and his JD from the UCLA School of Law. He worked in the field of Federal Indian Law and Policy with an emphasis on cultural resource and sacred site protection before deciding in 2010 to fulfill a dream to live abroad by moving to Beijing, China. In addition to his role as an IELTS examiner for the British Council in China, James taught at an
international high school for eight years, chairing the Foreign Histories Department and teaching AP US History, AP Government and Politics, and the AP Seminar courses. After returning to the US, James has continued to both teach and practice legal work. He joined Woodside International as an instructor and college counselor and in 2022 assumed the role of Head of School.

Michael Masoud


Mr. Masoud graduated from UC Berkeley College of Engineering with a degree in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering. He is interested in Robotics and Mechatronics as part of Mechanical Engineering as well as becoming a full-stack engineer and app developer after graduating from UC Berkeley. Currently enrolling in self-study classes in Arduino, logic gates, Matlab and SolidWorks while taking summer classes in Python programming. He has very strong math and physics skills from teaching for over 3 years in Diablo Valley College and other prestigious franchises and academies. Mr. Masoud also has been teaching Math and Physics at C2 Education since 2017. He joins Woodside International School as a Physics teacher in 2020.


Maggie Lam


Joining Woodside International School in the 2022-2023 academic year, Maggie looks forward to sharing her knowledge of language arts and literature and her passion for creative writing, critical thinking, and literary analysis. She earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She has worked in education and nonprofit for the last five years and has over ten years of experience as a writer, coach, tutor, and creative writing teacher. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and two dogs.

George Pan

Mandarin Language and Culture

George received degrees in Chinese Language and Literature at Nanjing University and Georgetown University. He has taught Mandarin at Beijing Second Foreign Language University and was appointed Deputy Director of the United Nations-funded English Training Center in Beijing. He was also the Deputy Chief of the Education Department of the National Tourism Administration of China, and President of the Chinese and Foreign Products Journal. George has been teaching at Woodside for 12 years and is also the International Student Liaison for Chinese students and families.

David Powell


David has a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (Applied Statistics), both from the University of California at Berkeley. David specializes in both teaching and applying Mathematics and Statistics and he teaches all levels of Math from pre-Algebra and Algebra to pre-calculus and Calculus at Woodside International. David’s other interests include travel, food, many forms of music and teaching Artificial Intelligence.

Vidya Ramakrishnan


Vidya has vast experience in teaching and her favorite classes are AP English and History. In her English classes, she routinely guides students and helps them enrich their understanding of texts of varied types. Vidya believes that student writing and its development is central to AP English and she is a strong advocate of precision in the craft of writing. For AP Literature students, she seeks to instil a deep appreciation of several genres, their structures and conventions. Timeless themes, exquisite phrasing, and vivid characters are some of the favorite features that students investigate through interdisciplinary approaches. History is another favorite area of exploration and she seeks to blend various perspectives on time periods and themes in order to inquire into our understanding of the past while critically thinking through the scope and limits of such understanding. Vidya also has deep experience in college counselling and finds the energy and heightened focus on career goals amongst high school students truly exciting. She finds helping students make life-changing decisions through college and program selections very rewarding. In her spare time, Vidya likes to travel with her family and pursue music.

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Scott Cole


Scott worked in the biotechnology and genomics industries in the Bay Area for many years
before embarking on a high school teaching career. He teaches chemistry, biology, and physics
at Woodside. Scott has a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from UC Berkeley, a master’s in microbiology and immunology from Columbia University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan
School of Management. Scott also received a master’s in philosophy of science at UC Davis.
Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, hiking, and playing the lute.

William Charles Waugh


Mr. Waugh has over 8 years of teaching experience in AP economics. He has taught AP economics in international schools in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and public schools in the US. Mr. Waugh is AP certified and IB trained. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of South Carolina and a Masters in Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey. Mr. Waugh is a former Marine, and has worked in fortune 500 companies. Mr. Waugh can provide not only rigorous training in mastering the AP Micro and Macro curriculum toward the goal of achieving a 5 on the AP exam, but also guided help with online economics homework, lessons and general anxiety reducing understanding of economic principles.

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