Hi everyone! My name is Jesse Woodward and I am your new principal of Lum Elementary! I was born in Danbury, Connecticut and moved out to San Juan Capistrano at the age of 2. I grew up on the beach, eventually moving back to Connecticut for my sophomore year of high school. I stayed in the Northeast for three years, graduating from high school with Honors. I was offered an academic scholarship to attend Clemson University in South Carolina and gladly accepted. I spent 5 years at Clemson getting my Bachelors in Math Teaching an a South Carolina teaching certificate. I also learned how to play Ultimate Frisbee, playing competitively on the Varsity team for four years. I moved out to San Francisco the summer of 1999, and have been here since.
I am now a proud Alameda resident, having spent the last 17 years working in Castro Valley schools. My first 6 years were spent working at Castro Valley High School as a Math teacher, 7 years as an Assistant Principal, also at Castro Valley High School, and the last 4 years as principal of Marshall Elementary. I love my job (Forbes said school principals had the Happiest Job in 2015) and look forward to meeting all of my new kids and families. I look forward to saying hello at drop off, pick up, and every event during this school year. Please come see me, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss anything. I am positive this will be a wonderful year.
Picture below is me with my son Elie (AY-lee) and daughter Camille.