Our School Leaders

Melissa Sidebotham


“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 Morgan Hill.


Violet Seryani

Preschool Principal

“What I love about Stratford is that our faculty, staff, and students work together to create a truly positive culture and caring support system that benefits the entire Stratford community.”

Violet Seryani has been in education for over 25 years. Prior to her current role as a Preschool Principal at the Morgan Hill campus, Violet served as a Vice-Principal for the Lower School (PS-5th Grade). Violet got her start in the classroom, where she proudly taught preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten before moving on into leadership roles.

Violet brings with her a wealth of knowledge that she is happy to share with staff and parents. She wholeheartedly believes that giving a child a strong learning foundation in the early stages of life is the key to helping them to reach their full potential as successful and balanced adults. In order to meet the unique needs of her students and families, Violet is well versed in wearing many hats. She looks forward to coming to work every day to support her students, parents, and teachers.





Our Faculty

Sonja Bergholdt

Computer Teacher

Patricia Bolon

Preschool Teacher

Lisa Brick

2nd Grade Teacher

Karina Campos-Delgado

Preschool Teacher

Claudia Camrody

Preschool Teacher

Anny Cheng

Music Teacher

Lisa Clemons

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Vanessa Hecht

Preschool Teacher

Julissa Hickey

2nd Grade Teacher

Erin Janson

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Lea Johansen

1st Grade Teacher

Fereshteh Mostafazadeh

Preschool Teacher

Michael Rosenberg


Judy Terrazas

Kindergarten Teacher

Gabriela Villanueva

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Robin Wheatfall

5th Grade Teacher