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420 Filbert Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133
USA

(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.

General Education

Madeleine DeYoung

Kindergarden General Education Teacher, Room 106

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How long have you been teaching, and how long have you been at Garfield?

As of 2018, I have been teaching for 5 years and have been at Garfield for 3.

 

 

What do you like most about Garfield?

What I like most about Garfield is the gorgeous location and views. I also love that Garfield is a tight-nit community.

 

What are 5 things you can’t live without?

My family, coffee, travel,  weekends, delicious food

Describe your ideal day off:

I would sleep in then make a nice breakfast.  The sun would be shining and the weather would be nice. I would go on a walk around Lake Merritt. I would fit in a quick work out. Later I would meet up with friends to catchup and hangout and try a new restaurant.


Laura Beth Smith-Heimer

First Grade General Education Teacher, Room 204

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How long have you been teaching, and how long have you been at Garfield?

I’ve been teaching since 2014. I have been at Garfield since Fall 2016.

 

What strengths do you bring to your profession?

I bring laughter, leadership, and understanding. I work as hard as I can to push my students to be the best learners they can be. 

What do you like most about Garfield?

I love Garfield’s inclusive community that I have been privileged to join. Garfield students are kind, caring, and love to learn. Garfield parents are supportive and invested in helping their students grow. Garfield staff are warm, welcoming, and very experienced.

 

What are 5 things you can’t live without?

  1. My dog Delilah
  2. My family/friends
  3. My bed
  4. Smiling
  5. Chocolate

 

Describe your ideal day off:

First, I would sleep in. Then, I would eat a yummy brunch breakfast with a friend. Next, I would take my dog Delilah to the beach and have a long stroll or sunbath. After that, I’d snuggle up with Delilah in bed and watch my favorite TV show. Finally, I would enjoy a yummy vegetarian meal (either alone or with a friend).


Ms. Freya Bernardo

Second Grade General Education Teacher, Room 314

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How long have you been teaching, and how long have you been at Garfield?

I’ve been teaching since 2012 and have been at Garfield since 2012.

 

What strengths do you bring to your profession?

I bring passion and love to the profession. I bring genuine care to my students. I put a lot of attention not only on academics, but also on facilitating a process where kids become self-disciplined leaders who are respectful of themselves and their community.

What do you like most about Garfield?

I love the community.  I think the Garfield students are amazing and work hard to do their best.  The parents and families are very supportive.  The teachers and staff are a joy to work with and have taught me so much.  I count my lucky stars every day that I get to work at such a wonderful school!

 

What are 5 things you can’t live without?    

Family; cute things; delicious and healthy foods; furry animals; and joyful moments

Describe your ideal day off:

I would eat at an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet, then I would relax at the spa.  Last, I would relax at home by having a K-Drama marathon while munching on yummy snacks.


Mr. Keith Hood

Third Grade General Education Teacher, Room 303

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

I've been teaching since 2000 and have been at Garfield since 2002.

 

What Strengths Do You Bring To Your Profession?

I work hard, and I’m a lover of learning. I enjoy kids, and feel lucky to work with the kids at Garfield.

What Do You Like Most About Garfield?

The students are great! The location is great! The staff is great! 

 

What Are 5 Things You Can’t Live Without? 

I need my family, at home as well as my extended Garfield family, to feel complete. Also, I love information—from books, the Internet, art, video, music—I wouldn’t want my flow of info shut off. 

Describe Your Ideal Day Off:

There is NO homework.  

Describe Your Ideal Day Off:

There is NO homework. 

 


May Jean Martin

Fourth General Education Teacher, Room 405

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

I've been teaching since 2003 and have been at Garfield since 2017.

What strengths do you bring to your profession?

My strengths include dedication and passion.  I provide an education infused with love, creativity, and challenge.  I get to know my students thoroughly and strive to meet the needs of each and every one.

What do you like most about garfield?

My colleagues and students and the diversity of the school community.

What are 5 things you can't live without?

  • Love
  • Books
  • Family and friends
  • Exercise
  • The sun

Describe your ideal day off:

My ideal day off would include waking up in an exotic, warm country.  I'd read leisurely in bed for a couple of hours.  After an excellent cappuccino, I'd take a yoga class and then meet up with friends for a healthy lunch.  The day would culminate with another well-cooked meal, time with friends and family in nature, and then I'd fall asleep reading a great book.


Ms. Katherine O'Brien

Fifth Grade General Education Teacher, Room 408

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

I've been teaching since 2014 and have been at Garfield since 2014.

 

What Strengths Do You Bring To Your Profession?

I bring understanding, compassion, patience and humor. I am determined to raise my student’s self confidence and cognitive skills so they may succeed personally and academically.

What Do You Like Most About Garfield?

What I like most about Garfield is our location in the wonderful North Beach and Chinatown neighborhoods that are so rich in history. I also love the welcoming and caring community of families and staff that make this a great school where children can learn and have fun. Lastly, the view is absolutely stunning from our perch high atop Telegraph Hill beside those raucous parrots.

 

What Are 5 Things You Can’t Live Without?

I could NOT live without love, laughter, music, sunrises and sunsets.

Describe Your Ideal Day Off:

My ideal day off would be a stroll along the beach, pausing for a morning treat. Later, I would sit under a shady tree to read a book while enjoying a picnic lunch. Finally, I would relax on my deck under the night sky with a big bowl of ice cream. Perhaps I would make time for a round of Scrabble!