Our Faculty

Our School Leaders

Gigi Tate

Head of School

“I strive to create a positive learning environment where students are motivated to succeed.”

Gigi Tate brings over 20 years of experience in the field of education to her role as the Head of School at Stratford’s Santa Clara Pomeroy campus. She strives to create a positive learning environment where students are motivated to succeed and realize their full potential. When students feel safe, supported, and included, there is no limit as to what they can achieve.

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Sheila Pereira

Director of Lower 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 over 17 years, and has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Before taking on her current role as the Director of Lower School at Stratford School’s Santa Clara Pomeroy campus, Sheila taught kindergarten, third, and fourth grade, and served as a vice principal.

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.

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Namrata Bhalla

Director of Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten

“I believe in each child’s unique potential.”

Namrata Bhalla brings over a decade of experience in the field of education to her role as the Director of Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten at Stratford’s Santa Clara Pomeroy campus. Before assuming her current role, Namrata served in both teaching and leadership roles at Stratford.

Namrata believes in each child’s ability to succeed, but knows that children learn in a variety of ways. Stratford’s curriculum provides an excellent framework of learning opportunities to all students that allows educators to help students tap into their unique potential to learn, perform, and accomplish their educational goals. She knows that the teachers in students’ lives play a vital role in development by creating a nurturing and enriching environment to help each child shine.

More than anything, Namrata appreciates Stratford’s focus on the overall development of each student and the family partnerships that are core to a Stratford School education.

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Our Faculty

Kathleen Alldredge

3rd Grade Teacher

Lu Andersen

2nd Grade Teacher

Bea Bacaltos

Kindergarten Teacher

Ghada Bedair

5th Grade Teacher

Sapna Bhandari

Kindergarten Teacher

Maria Buenrostro

Preschool Teacher

Crystal Cabico

Kindergarten Teacher

Diana Celis

Preschool Teacher

Aditi Chattoraj

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Sandy Donis

Extended Day Teacher

Elizabeth Fonseca

Spanish Teacher

Daisy Francisco

Science Teacher

Mona Grillo

Spanish Teacher

Gloria Guizar

Spanish Teacher

Chaitra Hadimani

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Alyssa Holsworth

PE Teacher

Karen Hovey

3rd Grade Teacher

Briana Roch Hutchins

4th Grade Teacher

Geetha Kaipa

Preschool Teacher

David Kawaye

4th Grade Teacher

Haejin Kim

2nd Grade Teacher

Garrett Lee

1st Grade Teacher

Anna Lichtenberg

Music Teacher

Brenda Lopez Trejo

Preschool Teacher

Christopher Lopez

4th Grade Teacher

Kimberley Matthews

1st Grade Teacher

Charisse Medina

Music Teacher

Aziz Merchant

5th Grade Teacher

Patricia Millard

5th Grade Teacher

Mikayla Minard

Kindergarten Teacher

Manisha Mistry

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Cayla Molina

1st Grade Teacher

Jasleen Monga

Elementary Teacher

Diana Moran Aguilera

Preschool Teacher

Nancy Morrison

1st Grade Teacher

Shellie Murison

2nd Grade Teacher

Cara Newberry

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Peggy Pacis

3rd Grade Teacher

Nandita Parikh

Science Teacher

Kajal Patel

Kindergarten Teacher

Swati Pathak

4th Grade Teacher

Aariel Perez

Preschool Teacher

Rubina Pervez

3rd Grade Teacher

Komala Rangachari

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
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Jessica Rice

1st Grade Teacher

Nara Sadykhova

Music Teacher

Adriana Salazar

Kindergarten Teacher

Adriana Santana

Spanish Teacher

Alexandria Scott

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Uma Sethuraman

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Abija Sherelyn

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Sreeja Sreedharar

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Priya Srivastava

Kindergarten Teacher

Christopher Teasley

1st Grade Teacher

Anna Tibbets

PE Teacher

Sydney Tisdale

Kindergarten Teacher

Tingzhu Tzu

Music Teacher

Roopa Vaidya

Preschool Teacher

Aarthi Venkatesh

Kindergarten Teacher

Michael Warrinar

1st Grade Teacher

Serene Wheelwright

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Nichola Wright

Kindergarten Teacher

Sadia Wynne

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher