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Allison Silvestri

About Me

I am a San Mateo native and returned to the Bay Area in 2001 after attending Boston College and completing my Bachelor of Arts and teaching credential program as well as a Master’s program in the field of mild/moderate special needs.  My return to the west coast was brief, however.  I spent 2002 living in San Blas, a small rural village in Costa Rica.  Following my year teaching English as a foreign language, I taught at San Mateo High School in the resource program. I left San Mateo High to pursue my love of travel and teaching abroad.  I homeschooled two children in the South Pacific before living and becoming a scuba dive master in Thailand.  After returning to the states, I taught English and Social Science to students in the Special Day Class program at Woodside High School.  In the summer of 2008, I became the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Half Moon Bay High School before transitioning into the position of Principal.  After five wonderful years on the coast, I became the Principal of Acalanes High School in Lafayette.

I am looking forward to entering year two here at SLz as well as to spearhead many new initiatives including the piloting of Yondr, a tool that will create a cell phone free, distraction free day for all students.  The intention is to increase the focus on learning and to improve the overall climate and culture.  In addition, we will quickly begin the process of acquiring a new name for our school.  We will notify the public of the process in the near future.  Furthermore, we will continue our work of promoting academic discourse among our students in the classroom.  


I am looking forward to another great year filled with energy and spirit!

Principal Silvestri

Principal Silvestri