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420 Filbert Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 291-7924

Garfield is a public elementary school located at the base of Coit Tower n- one of the most picturesque spots in the city of San Francisco. As one of the first public elementary schools in the city, Garfield has been providing a rich academic environment for local children for more than 100 years. Today, Garfield is a small, tight-knit community serving 240 children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in grades K-5.

Garfield Elementary offers general education classes for grades K-5; a Chinese Immersion program for grades K-1 (additional grades will be added every academic year through grade 5); a Special Day Class (SDC) program for children with high-functioning autism in grades K-5; and an after-school program from 1:50 – 6:00pm every school day. In addition to the music, art and P.E. programs that are offered throughout the district, Garfield partners with San Francisco community-based organizations to provide enrichment opportunities for its students. These partners include CUESA (the Center for Urban  Education about Sustainable Agriculture); the Chinatown Y.M.C.A; the San Francisco Opera Guild; LEAP Arts in Education; and more. 

For more information about Garfield, please visit the school’s Facebook page, Garfield’s San Francisco Unified School District page, and Great Schools . If you are interested in receiving the Garfield PTO newsletter, please provide your email address here.

Copy of Faculty (2016 w/edits)


How Long Have You Been Teaching, And How Long Have You Been At Garfield?

I started teaching in 2003 and have loved every minute of it! This is my first year (2016) as the Principal of Garfield Elementary School. I am so proud to be a Mighty Dragon and to be part of this amazing Community.

What Strengths Do You Bring To Your Profession?

I’d say one strength I have as a school leader is understanding the many moving parts of the school. I believe in building relationships with everyone and creating a safe and nurturing environment for everyone to feel successful. To achieve this, we have to know our learners – both the students and the adults!

What Do You Like Most About Garfield? 

What I love most about Garfield is the community. Every student is so unique and brings something very special to the school. The same can be said about the teachers and families. Everyday I look forward to coming to work because I know we’ll have fun and we’ll learn together.


What Are 5 Things You Can’t Live Without?

  1. My family and friends ( Lot’s of love to go around)
  2. Good coffee (I can be picky, I’ll admit!)
  3. Something to read(I love keeping up with current events and pop culture)
  4. Music (I grew up playing many instruments and can’t imagine not having it in my life)
  5. Wifi (I’m not embarrassed to say that I like to stay connected!)

Describe Your Ideal Day Off:

On my ideal day off I get to sleep in a bit. I would definitely make breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast, and coffee. Then off with some friends and family to a long bike ride where the weather is warm and I have some ice cold pink lemonade waiting for me at the end of the ride. Lunch would be my favorite sushi and then off for more fun quality time with my favorite people. The day winds down with a mellow dinner with steak, broccoli, rice and some kind of caramel dessert and sharing stories with each other.



Nancy Olexo


Art Teacher

Leslie Laurence

Music Teacher

Noell Toso

Room 207 (Music Room)

PE Teacher

Carly Lathrop

Special Day Paraprofessionals

Ms. Li Li Jiang

Room 304

What strengths do you bring to your profession?

I’m Chinese bilingual which makes communication much easier between colleagues, parents and students.


What do you like most about Garfield?

What I like most about Garfield is seeing bright and willing to learn students who come to school everyday and are prepared to learn.


What are 5 things you can’t live without? 

Technology; food; transportation; books and electricity.

Describe your ideal day off:

My ideal day off would be filled with exercising and shopping.


Ms. Erin Shin

Room 202


How Long Have You Been Teaching, And How Long Have You Been At Garfield?

I have been teaching for 18 years. This is my first year at Garfield Elementary School. I am a .5 Instructional Reform Facilitator (IRF/Coach).

What Strengths Do You Bring To Your Profession?

My strengths are my love of teaching, dedication to the students’ and teachers’ success, and ability to be in a leadership role.

What Do You Like Most About Garfield? 

 I really enjoy the daily work, the students, their families and my team of teachers at Garfield.

What Are 5 Things You Can’t Live Without?

I cannot live without 6 things; my family, friends, faith, good food, travel and music.

Describe Your Ideal Day Off:

 My ideal day off is spent with my children just enjoying our time together.

Speech Therapists

Ali George & Michelle Sadow

How Long Have You Been Teaching, And How Long Have You Been At Garfield?

This year will be both of our third years as Speech Pathologists with SFUSD, and our first year at Garfield!

What Strengths Do You Bring To Your Profession?

We are both caring and hardworking and have a passion for helping our students be successful not only in the classroom but in all aspects of life!

What Do You Like Most About Garfield? 

 We love our students and the sense of community that the staff and families have built here at Garfield.

What Are 5 Things You Can’t Live Without?

Our family and pets, our friends, coffee, food, and naps!

Describe Your Ideal Day Off:

 We both love hiking, so our ideal day would be spent on a hike overlooking the views of San Francisco.