Alumni Spotlight

Beechwood is not only a school but also an extended family, supporting and enjoying one another throughout the years. Beechwood Alumni now number over 300 young people. They have demonstrated commitment to family, community and lifelong learning.

Beechwood employs a full-time Graduate Coordinator to keep in touch with alumni. Mrs. Connolly works closely with Beechwood eighth graders and their families to help them prepare for their high school experience, arranging onsite visits to schools and assisting them in the application process. She also helps alumni connect with support and enrichment programs.

Beechwood graduates remain an active part of the Beechwood community. They often return for informal visits in addition to participating more formally in the classroom, sharing principles and experiences with current students. We are proud of our growing family of alumni and applaud their hard work, determination, and willingness to give back to the community.

Alumni Spotlight

Celeste Aguilar

Celeste graduated from Beechwood School in 2017 and transitioned smoothly  to Menlo School’s ninth grade.  After attending Beechwood for nine years, starting out at a new school “felt  a little like being out of the nest.”  Her friendly personality quickly helped her make new friends.  Celeste feels particularly well prepared for Menlo’s challenging math classes. She also enjoys conceptual physics and French.  Celeste  joined Menlo’s water polo team, played goalie and earned an award acknowledging  her  as “The Hardest Working  Team Member.”  To improve her skills,  she also joined Stanford’s  water polo club team.  Among her fondest Beechwood memories are paddling to Angel Island, 4 square games, camping at Pigeon Point and her enduring friendships. Celeste advises  Beechwood students  to cherish days with classmates and maintain  friendships.




Brandon Drayton

Always a top student, Brandon joined Beechwood in kindergarten and graduated  with his eighth grade class in 1984.  He enjoyed playing basketball in middle school and continued playing at Woodside High School.  At Cal State University East Bay, Brandon earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies.  Married in 2008 to Cassi,  the couple purchased their own home and now enjoy parenting two children, Sydney and Cameron.  We are happy they are Beechwood parents!  Brandon has worked for over 11 years as Assistant Manager/ Consultant at Space Systems Loral.  To quote his parents, “Brandon is patient, disciplined, kind, a good citizen, father, husband and son. Beechwood helped him be the man he is today. This community will always hold a dear place in our hearts.”






Theo Kirkendoll

Beechwood School is proud to introduce Theo, an alumnus who is known for his winning smile, thirst for knowledge and a positive outlook on life.  After completing 8th grade, he graduated from Redwood High School and then attended Canada College.  He married, started a family and is now the father of five beautiful girls.  During 26 months of service in the U.S. Marines, Chief Warrant Officer, Theo Kirkendoll, completed three deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.  His professional goal is to retire as Lt. Colonel by the age of 45 and then develop a new career.  Theo values his lasting friendships born at Beechwood School and continues to feel an important part  of the school family.  His advice to students: “Never give up, see things through, and make sure you are doing things for yourself and others.”





Latricia Simon Uba

 Latricia lives by her golden rule which is, “Pursue what you love to do and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  A member of Beechwood’s first graduating class, she is doing just that. After a long challenging journey, “Trisha “ enjoys her profession  as a Registered Nurse in Maternity at Stanford Hospital. Her keen intellect, kind nature and willingness to work long hours make her ideal for this  position.

   After graduating from Menlo Atherton High School, Latricia attended  Foothill and Canada Colleges, while working full time in retail. Her dream of becoming a nurse began at the age of six and  at 33 years of age, after much hard work, out-of-state moves, set-backs and finally triumphs, she earned her B.S. in Nursing!

Her grandmother settled in East Palo Alto in the 1960’s and raised 8 children.  Family is a key element in Latricia’s life and she enjoys her large extended family.  In 2015, she married a “lovely Nigerian man” with whom she likes to travel, dine out and enjoy Trisket, their dog. 

Memories of Beechwood include  “feeling at home and being part of a family,” great field trips including Ano Nuevo, SanFrancisco museums and attending theatre productions. Beechwood School is inspired by Latricia and grateful for the loving care she provides to so many in our community.