Yvonne Faisal has a strong background in education; backwards design, systems thinking and synergy are some of her favorite words. She currently is the Director of Systems and Innovation at Woodside Priory, a private day and boarding school in Portola Valley. In this role, she works across the organization to execute key initiatives such as choosing, understanding & implementing mission-appropriate 21st Century Learning Competencies. Yvonne has spent 15+ years in the classroom as a math and engineering teacher. She has also served as the Mathematics Department Chair, where she was responsible for evaluating curriculum, adopting new resources, revamping vertical articulation and making key staffing changes.
Prior to Woodside Priory, she spent several years as a tutor and also as an engineer and plant site manager. She has a BA in Mathematics, a BA in Physics and a BS in Electrical Engineering. In addition, she is working on her MA in Organizational Leadership and Learning, expecting to complete in 2020. When she is not at work, Yvonne seeks as much outdoor time as possible. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and is looking forward to her first grandchild this fall.