Administration & Faculty

Faculty 2016





Head of School, Philosophy I/II, Health and Life Skills

Ariel graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Feminist Studies. She is also an alumna of Woodside International School, class of 1997. Having been involved with the school for over twenty years, she is well versed in the philosophy and vision that make Woodside such a uniquely special place. For almost ten years before stepping into the Head position, Ariel helped run the school from behind the scenes. She became Head of School in January of 2013.

Lina Lenberg


Assistant Head of School, Dean of Studies, English Language & Literature III, Social Justice

Lina received her B.S. in Zoology with a concentration in Neurobiology from Michigan State University. She later conducted environmental education programs at Grand Canyon National Park, which inspired her to pursue a career in education. After earning her teaching credential from the University of Texas in Austin, she moved to San Francisco and began teaching at Woodside in 1999. She holds an M.A. and credential in Educational Administration and is currently working toward her doctorate in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco.


College Counselor, Student Activities

Sara ventured to California to earn her B.S. in Human Development at the University of California, Davis. Moving to San Francisco after graduating in 1986, Sara quickly realized she wanted to become a teacher. After she received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University, Sara worked as the P.E. teacher and Athletic Director for Presidio Hill School, a small K-8 independent school in San Francisco. Seventeen years at Presidio Hill helped Sara realize the next step in her professional career was to begin counseling students. She became a full time student again and received her M.A. in School Counseling with a PPS Credential. Sara’s new degree took her to Kuwait City, Kuwait, completing a two year contract as the Middle/High School Boy Counselor. She has been a part of the Woodside family since the summer of 2016.


Director of Admissions and Advancement

Andrea earned her B.A. degree in English from Stanford University, J.D. from University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law, and Certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning from University of California, Berkeley Extension. She is a former Woodside International parent and was the WIS College Counselor for three years. Andrea has been the College Counseling Assistant at Lycee Francais de San Francisco, Director of Development at Notre Dame High School in Belmont, and Assistant to the Director of Schools at Convent of the Sacred Heart & Stuart Hall. Her community leadership experience includes President of the Junior League of San Francisco, President of the Volunteer Center of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, and President of the Charles Armstrong School Parents Association. This is her fifth year at Woodside.

Dave Matson


Business Manager, IT Director, Yearbook, Woodshop

Dave earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from San Jose State University and holds his M.S. from San Jose State in the same field. Dave is responsible for overseeing the school’s computer network and coordinating the school’s yearbook. He also organizes the school’s Adventures P.E. program, leading students on a variety of outdoor activities. His main passion is Woodworking, and he enjoys teaching students how to make wood projects with antique hand tools in the Woodside Woodshop.  Dave has been at Woodside since 2006.

George Pan


International Student Liaison, Mandarin Language and Culture

George received degrees in Chinese Language and Literature at Nanjing University and Georgetown University. He has taught Mandarin at Beijing Second Foreign Language University, and was appointed Deputy Director of the United Nations funded English Training Center in Beijing. He was also the Deputy Chief of the Education Department of the National Tourism Administration of China, and President of the Chinese and Foreign Products Journal. George has been teaching at Woodside for 10 years and is also the International Student Liaison for Chinese students and families.

Boris Rivkin


Facilities Manager

Boris graduated from the Leningrad Technical University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. He worked as an electrical engineer in Russia. Here in the U.S., Boris worked as an electronic technical and software quality assurance engineer in several companies in both Florida and California. He has been an integral part of the Woodside family since 2003.



International Student Advisor, English for International Students

Joy earned her B.A. in French from Wheaton College. Her passion for foreign languages led her to Japan, where she taught English as a Foreign Language at a private high school for 2 years. She later attended graduate school studying Social Science at San Francisco State University. She has worked in International Education and Travel, coordinating and marketing Educational Travel programs, counseling, teaching and tutoring. While raising her two daughters, she has volunteered in various positions in the classroom and in educational administration. Joy has her certificate in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) and M.A. in TESOL. She has been teaching at Woodside since 2013.



French Language and Culture

Arcene Bilegue is originally from Yaounde, Cameroon and graduated from college in 1994 with a BS in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon. He taught French from 1995 to 2000 in the Peace Corps. He also taught other African languages like Eton, Ewondo and Bulu. In addition to teaching languages, Arcene, as a cultural facilitator, helped many incoming Peace Corps Volunteers adjust to their new environments. He moved to the U.S. in 2000 and soon began teaching in language schools such as Berlitz and the Alliance Française. He also built up his own business as a Private French Tutor, Translator and Interpreter. Arcene is passionate about languages and how they can bring people and different cultures together. Arcene has been part of the Woodside family since 2015.



Spanish Language and Culture

Ruben Flores is from Guadalajara, Mexico with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and a Master’s degree in Technology and Education both from Universidad de Guadalajara. He has been teaching Spanish language and literature since 2002 and enjoys it tremendously. This is his eighth year teaching at Woodside.

Dean Church


World Civilizations, World History, US History, Civics & Economics

Dean received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington and made his living for many years as a writer and marketing executive. Dean was a newspaper marketing director at the San Francisco Chronicle and St. Petersburg Times before launching his own management consulting firm in 1997. Dean’s lifelong interest in education led to his new career in teaching in 2008. He previously taught at Tamalpais High School and Alameda High School. This is Dean’s fourth year at Woodside.

Ashley Johnson


Algebra II, Biology, Integrated Science

Ashley received her BA in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College in 2004. She worked at the New England Aquarium, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital before deciding to pursue her education further. She earned a Ph.D. in Ecology, Ethology, and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied the maintenance of variation in fishes. This is Ashley’s fourth year at Woodside where she enjoys sharing her love of science with her students.

Arti Lal


Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Pre-Calculus

Arti graduated from U.C. Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. She is currently working on her Master of Science degree in Environmental Management at the University of San Francisco. While at Davis, she worked on several research projects with faculty and graduate students. She also worked at the UC Davis Herbarium for a few years where she fell in love with plant ecology. Arti’s ultimate goal is to incorporate ecological principles in her classes to raise awareness on current environmental issues. Arti has been teaching for several years and this is her third year teaching at Woodside.

Anne Liu


Algebra I, Calculus, Geometry

Anne was born in Guangzhou, China, and she moved to San Francisco 8 years ago. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics. In 2013, she joined the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at SFSU, where she found herself falling in love with teaching math. Meanwhile, she did classroom observations in several high schools in San Francisco and worked as a math tutor at a tutoring center. This is Anne’s third year at Woodside where she wants to pass her passion for math onto her students and create a thriving, supportive mathematics classroom culture.

Doug O'Keefe


English Language & Literature I-II & IV, English as a Second Language, Advanced Philosophy III/IV

Doug graduated from U.C. Berkeley with B.A. in Philosophy. He joined the Woodside family in 2000 teaching English, Philosophy, and Current Events. In 2010 Doug left Woodside to pursue a Master’s Degree in English Literature at SFSU. After teaching at Drew School for one year, Doug returned to Woodside for the 2015- 2016 school year.




Carlos Rivera is an active performing and teaching Bay Area based guitarist.  He received his Master’s in Classical Guitar Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music and his Bachelors in Music from CSU Chico.  He gives solo recital concerts all over California, and frequently plays gigs around the Bay Area. In addition to classical guitar, Carlos also avidly pursues learning of other styles of music such as jazz, rock, metal, and blues. Carlos currently teaches guitar and music at various schools in San Francisco. He has experience teaching a wide variety of ages and styles and loves helping students develop their musicality as well as technical facility. This is his first year at Woodside.



Japanese Language and Culture, International Admissions Liaison

Mizuho was born and raised in Toyo, Japan and received her B.A. in Philosophy from Toyo University. She has been a teacher for over 5 years using a variety of ways to teach Japanese language, such as watching movies, listening to music, and reading books or magazines. Her philosophy in being a teacher centers on the ability to support the development of the students’ abilities based on their individual interests and levels. This is her sixth year at Woodside.



Advanced Art, Art II, Mural, Portfolio, Newsletter

Dale received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the San Francisco Art Institute. As a visual artist he focuses on figurative work that comments on the Art History canon while staying rooted in contemporary culture. Dale was previously involved with the de Young’s “Get Smart with Art Education” program, and is currently affiliated with SFMOMA. This is Dale’s third year at Woodside.





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