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Administration and Faculty

Justine Bui

Justine Bui

Environmental Science

Justine has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Systems from UC San Diego and is currently a Masters student at the University of San Francisco in both the Environmental Management and Business Administration programs. She is deeply interested in sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and community engagement. Justine moved to San Francisco in 2018 and in her free time she likes to cook, spend time with friends, and check out local restaurants.

Dean Church

History, Social Sciences, Philosophy

Dean has made his living as a writer, a marketing executive for Fortune 500 corporations, and as a business owner of a management consulting firm specializing in strategic marketing services. Dean also established and served as the Executive Director of the non-profit San Francisco Sports Council. For many years Dean served as the Promotion Director for the San Francisco Chronicle. Dean has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington, Seattle. He is married, has three children and lives in Mill Valley. He enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and playing basketball. This is Dean’s sixth year at Woodside.

Andrea Feeney

College Counselor / Admissions and Communications Support

Andrea is a Certified College Admissions Advisor and Career Planner. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Pacific–McGeorge School of Law. She earned her Certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning from the University of California, Berkeley Extension. Andrea was our College Counselor in 2009-2012, and Director of Admissions in 2016-2018. Her experience also includes College Readiness Instructor at Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City, and College Counseling Assistant at Lycée Français de San Francisco. She is a member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling and the Higher Education Consultants Association. As a former Woodside parent, Andrea is excited to be in her seventh year on the Woodside staff.

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Margaret Lee, M. Ed.

Multicultural Education: Teaching ESL, Educational Administration, and Leadership

Ms. Margaret K. Lee (M. Ed.–Multicultural Education:  Teaching ESL, Educational Administration, and Leadership) has been in the field of education for more than three decades. She has professionally held titles, namely ESL/English/Chinese Instructor, Resource Teacher, Department Head, District ESL Representative, and Head Teacher with the SFUSD, SFCCD and UCB. In recognizing her community service and educational leadership, Ms. Lee has received awards from SFUSD, The Association of Chinese Teachers, Lions Clubs International, SF Chinatown Lions Club, and Toastmasters International.

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Ari Litvak

Administrative Assistant/Marketing

Ari brings an extensive administrative and marketing background to Woodside. He’s worked at several organizations in administration, advancement, and fundraising, and has also provided marketing consulting to a wide variety of clients. He’s looking forward to helping Woodside grow.

Robin Michel

English and Digital Arts

Robin Michel is excited to join Woodside International School and will be teaching English and Digital Arts Publishing and Book Design. She is looking forward to getting to know each student and share in the deep learning acquired through the exploration of literature. Robin has over twenty years’ experience as a writer, editor and publisher, and creative writing instructor. She has worked in school districts in a variety of roles, including teacher, program coordinator, and communications administrator. Robin has a B.A. from St. Mary’s College, and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Mills College. She and her husband live in San Francisco, where they enjoy picking raspberries in their garden, where she often reads him poetry while he feeds the worm compost.

George Pan

International Student Liaison, 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.

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Steven Pyka

Math

Steve left classroom teaching in 2003 to move to San Francisco. He joined a worker-owned bakery in the Sunset, and then in 2009, opened a yoga studio in the Mission District where he still teaches today. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in Mathematics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Nan Robarge

Visual Arts, Art History

Nan Robarge has an MFA from San Francisco State and has taught art to a range of ages and interests in the City for more than a decade. Part of her art practice includes collaborating with a diverse population that includes kids who have learning differences, elders without a shared spoken language and adults living in a single room occupancy hotel in recovery. In her own studio work, she particularly enjoys working with watercolors, photography, textile techniques and book arts. Flexibility, problem-solving, curiosity and an open mind are keys to her process and she enjoys being able to share her love of art with others.

Mizuho Takahashi

Japanese Language and Culture

Mizuho was born and raised in Toyo, Japan and received her B.A. in Philosophy from Toyo University. She has been a teacher for over 5 years using a variety of ways to teach Japanese language, such as watching movies, listening to music, and reading books or magazines. Her philosophy in being a teacher centers on the ability to support the development of the students’ abilities based on their individual interests and levels. This is her eighth year at Woodside.

Joanne Walsh

Head of School

Joanne Walsh joined Woodside International High School as Head of School in 2019. Raised and educated in the U.K, she received a B.A. (Hons) in English at Loughborough University and Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from Sheffield Hallam University. Joanne has worked in schools in the U.K. and U.S. for over 25 years in a variety of roles including teacher, Head of Middle School and Director of Innovation. As an educator she is passionate about educational equity, the neuroscience of learning and leading teams on the path of continuous school improvement. Joanne lives in Marin County with her husband, two sons and daughter. In her spare time she loves to hike, garden, attend the theater and enjoy all that the Bay Area has to offer.

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