Our Faculty

Our School Leaders

Sheila Pereira

Head of School

“Learning is a timeless gift and should be fostered at all levels.”

Sheila Pereira has been a part of the Stratford School family for 18 years and has over 25 years of experience in the field of education. Before taking on her current role as the Head of School of Stratford School’s Palo Alto campus, Sheila was the Director of Lower School at Stratford School’s Santa Clara Pomeroy campus. Sheila also taught multiple grade levels, was a teacher mentor and served as a vice principal. She has extensive knowledge in curriculum and instructional leadership.

According to Sheila, opportunities to create teachable moments are everywhere. The environment at Stratford School encourages children to think and make decisions for themselves, and to learn to fail gracefully.

As an educator, Sheila believes that she has an obligation to nurture the gift of learning, and she feels that Stratford School has provided her with the tools and canvas to inspire and guide students to discover their passion. Through the warm family culture, strong academics, and emphasis on character building, Sheila has seen Stratford students grow and develop into well-rounded young adults.

Radha Verma

Director of Early Childhood Education & Kindergarten

“Education is a gift that no one can take away.”

With more than 24 years of teaching experience, coupled with a distinguished background in school administration, Radha Verma is excited to call Stratford School’s Palo Alto campus home as its Director of Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten.

Ms. Verma believes a solid start in preschool through kindergarten provides children with an enriched foundation that supports future success throughout the educational journey ahead of them. For her, Stratford’s well-rounded curriculum, supported by a warm, nurturing, and collaborative culture of educators, inspires and supports this valuable gift of learning.


Erica Coye

Director of Lower School; First-Fifth Grades

“The strength of our classrooms is in the collaboration of learners, not the knowledge of one expert.”

Erica Coye brings over fifteen years of elementary education experience to her role as Director of Lower School at Stratford School’s Palo Alto campus. Before assuming her current role, Erica was an Assistant Director, taught second grade and served as a campus mentor teacher.

Erica believes teaching is a lifelong process. She learns new strategies and teaching philosophies every day, and enjoys the collaborative environment Stratford School.

Erica values learning from the community, colleagues, Stratford parents, and especially, her students.

Our Faculty

Satomi Abe

ECE Teacher

Juvyna Aguilar

2nd Grade Teacher

Jere Allen

Office Administrator

Fnu Aparajita

ECE Teacher

Vani Arashanapalli

ECE Teacher

Sarah Benjamin

3rd Grade Teacher

Kuei-Kuan Chen

ECE Music Teacher

Karen Chu

Kindergarten Teacher

Shivani Dave

ECE Teacher

Andy Dela Cruz


Brian Fitzgerald

MS History & ELA Teacher

Elleni Gougsa

ECE Teacher

Manjari Kapoor

Kindergarten Teacher

Dipa Khan

Kindergarten Teacher

Shweta Kumaraswamy

ECE Teacher

Stephanie Lopez

ECE Teacher

Sergio Maciel

MS Math Teacher

Kate McCracken

4th Grade Teacher

Juan Mora

3rd Grade Teacher

Allen Murphy

4th Grade Teacher

Gloria Naranjo

Spanish Teacher

Kim Nelson

Director of Admissions

Veronica Oropeza

MS Science Teacher

Treya Parikh

1st Grade Teacher

Tina Rathod

ECE Teacher

Mariam Samady

2nd Grade Teacher

Kirangi Shah

5th Grade Teacher

Indumathi Sivadharsan

1st Grade Teacher

Jeffrey So

PE Teacher

Elisa Soria

ECE Science Teacher

Sonia Soria

ECE Spanish Teacher

Joshua Sta Maria

MS ELA Teacher

James Stoecker

Extended Day Teacher

Jayaprabha Venkatesan

Kindergarten Teacher

Jodi Verhoeven

5th Grade Teacher

Abigail Wieland

Computer Teacher

Angela Zakiyan

Music Teacher