The mission of the Residential Life Program at the Woodside Priory School is to assist boarding students in living lives rich in wellbeing. Residential Faculty work with boarding students to co-create a safe collective space, committed to using restorative practices to foster and deepen connections between community members. The people, processes, and policies associated with the Residential Life Program endeavor to help each boarding student flourish physically, psychologically, academically, and communally.

Home Away from Home

We call it a home away from home. Each year, about 50 students, from grades nine through twelve, join a rich tradition of boarding at the Priory that dates back to the school's founding in 1957. In our boarding program, students from near and far feel known and loved in our boarding program as we practice the Benedictine maxim of "all are welcome." Along with all residential faculty, I challenge them to become their best selves.
 
At Priory, we emphasize wellbeing in our residential curriculum. Leveraging research from the exciting new field of positive psychology, my team and I work closely with each boarding student to define, measure, and grow their physical, psychological, academic, and communal wellbeing. We use data-driven strategies to help students discover their character strengths, make meaning, find flow, develop high-quality connections, self-regulate, fail forward, follow their bliss, cultivate gratitude, regularly exercise, prioritize sleep, build resilience, and live balanced lives.
 
Our boarding program's most distinctive feature is our residential faculty, which our students affectionately call 'RFs.' Hired full-time and for the exclusive purpose of mentoring our boarding students, our talented, passionate, and experienced educators provide meaningful mentorship for dormers outside of the classroom. With their working hours beginning at the end of the school day, our Residential Faculty dedicate their energy and time to support each dormer's individual needs. RFs come to know boarding students in deep and abiding ways. It is not uncommon for graduated dormers to visit the Priory. Invariably, the first people they ask to see are our Residential Faculty. These relationships make the Priory a unique boarding experience.
 
Our boarding students bring a unique perspective and depth to our community that makes our community stronger. Together with their teachers and advisors, we round out their wellbeing and foster a connection to the Priory community that often attracts frequent visitors from day students and alumni alike.
 
After four years in our boarding program, Priory dormers come to recognize the role they play in how they think, feel, and act. Simply put, the boarding program helps students flourish at the level of the head and the heart. If you would like to learn more about the distinctive, Priory way to our boarding approach, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
I look forward to telling you more about our program.
 
Adam Siler
Dean of Residential Life

Meet the Residential Faculty

List of 8 members.

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    Adam Siler 

    Dean of Residential Life
    (650) 851-6170
  • Photo of Myles Somerville

    Myles Somerville 

    Assistant Dean of Residential Life, Lacrosse/Basketball/Flag Football Coach
    (650) 851-6148
  • Photo of Mary Castaneda

    Mary Castaneda 

    Residential Faculty
    (650) 851-8224
  • Photo of Andrew Downey

    Andrew Downey 

    Residential Faculty, Football/Basketball Coach
    (650) 851-8225
  • Photo of Corey Gomez

    Corey Gomez 

    AP Psychology Teacher, Residential Faculty, Middle School Soccer Coach
  • Photo of Ella Okoli

    Ella Okoli 

    Residential Faculty
    (650) 851-6224
  • Photo of Maia Thielen

    Maia Thielen 

    Residential Faculty, Advancement Associate
    (650) 851-6152
  • Photo of Nikhil Wadhwani

    Nikhil Wadhwani 

    Residential Faculty
    (650) 851-8225

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