The boarding program is at the heart of the Priory's mission and values. Our goal is help each boarding student find a home away from home where they can flourish.

Residential Life Program Mission Statement

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, commited to using restorative practices to foster and deepen connections between community members. The people, processes, and policies associated with the Resideitial Life Program endeavor to help each boarding student flourish physically, psychologically, academically, and communally.
The Woodside Priory Residential Life Program serves as a “home away from home” for 50 dormers in grades 9-12. Each year, dormers join a rich tradition of boarding at the Priory that dates back to the school’s founding in 1957. The Priory’s boarding program embodies the Benedictine maxim of “all are welcome.” Students from all around the world feel known and loved in our boarding program regardless of their cultural, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, political, sexual, or gender identity. Dormers are encouraged to show up as their authentic selves and challenged to become their best selves. The dorms are a sacred place where boarding students like to live and where day students, faculty, and alumni frequently visit.
The hallmark of the Priory’s boarding program is its emphasis on student wellbeing. Leveraging research from the exciting new field of positive psychology, Residential Faculty work closely with each boarding student to define, measure, and grow their physical, psychological, academic, and communal wellbeing. Our curriculum is not lip service. We employ 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. After four years in the program, 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.
Another unique aspect of the Residential Life Program is our full-time Residential Faculty. These talented, passionate, and experienced educators provide meaningful mentorship for dormers outside of the classroom. Since their workday begins when the schoolday ends, our Residential Faculty have the energy to support the individual needs of each dormer. Simply put, Residential Faculty come to know boarding students in deep and abiding ways. It is not uncommon for graduated dormers to visit the Priory, and invariably the first people they ask to see are our Residential Faculty. These relationships make the Priory a special boarding experience. 

Please explore our website to learn more about the Priory’s Residential Life Program. If you would like to learn more about this special community, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to chatting with you.  

Adam Siler
Dean of Residential Life
Woodside Priory School

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 Kaitlin Bonfiglio

    Kaitlin Bonfiglio 

    Residential Faculty
    (650) 851-8224
  • 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 Zora Vermilya

    Zora Vermilya 

    Residential Faculty
    (650) 851-8224
  • Photo of Nikhil Wadhwani

    Nikhil Wadhwani 

    Residential Faculty
    (650) 851-8225

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