Our School Leaders

Melissa Sidebotham

Head of School

“I love watching students get excited about a challenge rather than shy away from it.”

Melissa Sidebotham brings over 20 years of experience in education, and a master’s degree in educational leadership, to her role as Principal at Stratford’s Morgan Hill campus.

Melissa believes that students learn best in an environment where they are encouraged to strive beyond what they believe they are capable of, and where they collaborate and put their ideas into action. She firmly believes that students will thrive when they learn that making a mistake doesn’t mean they have failed – it means they have the opportunity to improve.

The culture of Stratford, which is one that encourages students to reach beyond their limits, is why Melissa loves being a part of the team at Los Gatos.

Preeti Chadha

Elementary Principal

Preeti has been part of the Stratford School family for over 14 years. She has taught several elementary grades. Preeti currently serves as the Elementary Principal at Stratford Los Gatos campus.

Preeti believes her role as an educator is to stimulate the natural curiosity in her students and ignite the love for learning. As a leader she is committed to creating a positive learning environment for her students and strives to create close partnerships with families to offer support and guidance.

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Cheryl Damato

Director of Early Childhood Education

“I love working at Stratford because we kindle the flames of curiosity and quest for knowledge on a daily basis.” 

Cheryl Damato has been part of the Stratford family for 13 years, and has almost 20 years of experience in the field of education. She currently serves as the principal at Stratford School’s Los Gatos campus.

Cheryl believes that the education at Stratford School kindles the flames of curiosity and quest for knowledge in its students. Because this aligns with her personal philosophy about education, Cheryl is proud to work at Stratford School.

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Our Faculty

Kim Aroz

Preschool Teacher

Shanmugapriya Balachandran

1st Grade Teacher

Cornelio Balmaceda

Elementary Teacher

Christine Dean

3rd Grade Teacher

Erika DeClerk

Kindergarten Teacher

Karen Duncan

Spanish Teacher

Bradley Fenichel

PE Teacher

Corrin Floyd

2nd Grade Teacher

Nicole Gadd

Science Teacher

Rui Gao

Music Teacher

Shannon Gartin

1st Grade Teacher

Holly Gray

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Diana Holan

4th Grade Teacher

Rejina Jahan

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Andrea Joyce

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Carly Keys

2nd Grade Teacher

Shikha Khandelwal

Kindergarten Teacher

Anita Lee

Preschool Teacher

Melinda Lee

3rd Grade Teacher

Michelle Lee

1st Grade Teacher

Sabrina Macek

3rd Grade Teacher

Sridevi Makaram

Kindergarten Teacher

Patricia Mendez

Spanish Teacher

Johanna Nichols-Johnson

Preschool Teacher

Eunice Paek

4th Grade Teacher

Kendra Powers

Kindergarten Teacher

Haritha Rejendiran

Preschool Teacher

Kelly Rice

3rd Grade Teacher

Erandy Rizo

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Noushin Roudpeyma

Kindergarten Teacher

Go Woon Ryang

2nd Grade Teacher

Rita Sekab

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Tara Simons

4th Grade Teacher

Lindsay Smiley

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Sumi Subodh

Kindergarten Teacher

Erin Trimbell

1st Grade Teacher

Elizabeth Vaghela

2nd Grade Teacher

Alejandra Villavicenci

Kindergarten Teacher

Mei Lin M Yeo

Kindergarten Teacher