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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


Laura Beth Smith-Heimer

First Grade General Education Teacher, Room 204

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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 helping the 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 other teachers are so supportive and have taught me so much.

 

What are 5 things you can’t live without?    

My bunny; my husband; my students; my family and my community.

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. 

 


Ms. Megan Mackey

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 2009 and have been at Garfield since 2015.

 

What Strengths Do You Bring To Your Profession?

There is nothing I would rather be than a teacher.  It is my goal to combine my range of experience with my ability to be a compassionate, happy, intelligent teacher who will make a positive difference.  My teaching incorporates music, arts and this wonderful City to keep students interested and to show that learning is fun and found in anything we do.  I want the students to leave my classroom feeling accomplished and proud of the work they have done.

What Do You Like Most About Garfield? 

I love the warm and friendly attitude here.  It has a sense of community and partnership with students, teachers, administration and parents that every teacher is looking for.  Plus, you can’t beat the view from my penthouse on the 4th floor!

What Are 5 Things You Can't Live Without?

Family and Friends
Laughter
My Bed
Cheese Pizza – New York Style!
Diet Coke

Describe Your Ideal Day Off:

I would be sleeping in until around 1pm :) and then heading out to a late brunch with friends or family.  After brunch, it’s off to the beach or pool to soak up some sun and read a book.  I’d cheer on my favorite baseball team, the Giants, in the evening while enjoying a delicious hot dog, crazy crab sandwich or both! And hopefully the Giants would win!


Ms. Katherine O'Brien

Fifth Grade General Education Teacher, Room 408

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!