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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Todd Bickel

Director of Lower School

“I believe that education should focus on the development of the whole child.” 

Todd Bickel has been part of the Stratford School family for over ten years, and truly believes in Stratford’s educational philosophy of providing a balanced education. During his time at Stratford, Todd has taught kindergarten, fourth grade, and fifth grade, as well as specialty subjects including computers and physical education. He currently is the Director of Lower School at Stratford School’s Santa Clara Pomeroy campus.

Throughout Todd’s career, he has received recognition as both a leader and a teacher, including the Principal’s Award for “going above and beyond with a student.”

Collaboration is paramount in Todd’s teaching philosophy, knowing it is essential in preparing the next generation for the high demands of a global business community.  Todd strives to develop critical, creative thinkers in his classroom.

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Sheila Marie Pereira

Director of Lower School

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

Sheila Marie Pereira has been a part of the Stratford School family for over 14 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

Assistant Director

“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 Assistant Director 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

Lu Andersen

2nd Grade Teacher

Ghada Bedair

5th Grade Teacher

Anju Bhagavan

Preschool Teacher

Anju Bhagavan

Kindergarten Teacher

Bradley Fenichel

PE Teacher

Elizabeth Fonseca

Spanish Teacher

Daisy Francisco

Science Teacher

Karen Hovey

3rd Grade Teacher

Geetha Kaipa

Preschool Teacher

Garrett Lee

1st Grade Teacher

Brenda Lopez Trejo

Preschool Teacher

Christopher Lopez

4th Grade Teacher

Mrinalini Mathur

Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Kimberley Matthews

1st Grade Teacher

Aziz Merchant

5th Grade Teacher

Manisha Mistry

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Shellie Murison

2nd Grade Teacher

Helena Osby

Preschool Teacher

Nandita Parikh

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Kajal Patel

Kindergarten Teacher

Swati Pathak

4th Grade Teacher

Aparna Pendela

Kindergarten Teacher

Aariel Perez

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Rubina Pervez

3rd Grade Teacher

Komala Rangachari

Preschool Teacher

Komala Rangachari

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
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Jessica Rice

1st Grade Teacher

Roxana Rodriguez

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Nargiz Sadykhova

Music Teacher

Adriana Salazar

Kindergarten Teacher

Adriana Santana

Spanish Teacher

Emily Schaller

Teacher

Emily Schaller

Computer Teacher

Alexandria Scott

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Sreeja Sreedharar

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Roopa Vaidya

Preschool Teacher

Vaishali Varma

Preschool Teacher

Alejandra Villavicenci

Kindergarten Teacher

Ashley Wegner

2nd Grade Teacher

Serene Wheelwright

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Sadia Wynne

Preschool Teacher