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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.

Teachers (08/2015)

Ms. Monica Lun

Kindergarten Cantonese Immersion Teacher, Room 105

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

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

 

What strengths do you bring to your profession?

I am funny, silly, super organized and extremely energetic.  I love working directly with children, helping them learn in fun and engaging ways.  Being a mother of three (currently ages 21, 16, and 14) has helped me understand first-hand the needs of children at every stage up to adulthood. I am nurturing, caring and flexible yet firm and structured in my interactions with children. Being patient is one of my strongest attributes as a person.

    What do you like most about Garfield?

    I love the people I work with. Team-work and collegiality has made Garfield one of the best working environments anyone can ask for. The peaceful environment Garfield is surrounded by is another aspect that camouflages the long commute and the scarce parking problems I encounter on a daily basis. Best of all, the warm community of parents and children have helped me grow to become the teacher I am.

     

    What are 5 things you can’t live without? 

    Food, Water, Air, HK Drama and HK Milk Tea. Just kidding…my first three would be my daughters who have helped me become the best mom they claim I am. Through them, I learn how to love, care and nurture. Without them, I would not know how to be patient, generous, and tenacious. My significant other, who showers me with support, patience and love. Lastly, my mother who has been my mentor, my counselor and my best friend, taught me how to endure and accept, persevere and let go, but most importantly how to be kind and genuine in everything that I do.

    Describe your ideal day off

    My ideal day off is having no schedule and nothing to do but sit in front of my Cantonese Drama all day long with naps in between.  However, if I were to be realistic, the best ideal day off would be spending quality time with my loved ones and it wouldn’t even matter what we would be doing because as long as I am with them, it would be an ideal day regardless.

    Mrs. Amy Kam

    First Grade Cantonese Immersion Teacher

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

    I've been teaching since 2004 and have been at Garfield since 2009.

     

    What strengths do you bring to your profession?

    I provide children with a nurturing and safe environment. I encourage children to think, to make connections, to practice and reinforce, to learn from other learners and to feel that if they make mistakes they will not be ridiculed or treated negatively. I understand that, since individuals learn at different rates and in different ways, we need to provide a variety of activities, tasks and pace of work, and monitor and evaluate children’s progress. I am patient and listen to what children have to say, and I work to promote a positive self-esteem.

    What do you like most about Garfield?

    The staff at Garfield work like a team and they are very supportive.

    What Are 5 Things You Can’t Live Without?

    Family
    Water
    Food
    Shelter
    Air

    Describe Your Ideal Day Off

    There is super nice weather, and I have a big healthy, tasty breakfast. I take a walk with my family at the park or at the beach, and have fun with my daughter. I have sushi for lunch, go shopping with my friends, have a yummy dinner, and watch a movie with my family. Finally I read to my daughter and sleep in bed early.

    Ms. Veronica Lee

    Second Grade Cantonese Immersion Teacher

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

    I've been teaching since 2005 and have been at Garfield since 2005.

     

    What strengths do you bring to your profession?

    My passion for education, my eight years of teaching experience and my Chinese language skills are the strengths I bring to my profession.  I really enjoy my job, and I’m always looking for ways to improve my teaching skills.  I have gained valuable experience while teaching first through fifth grade at Garfield for the last eights years.  Being raised and educated in Hong Kong has helped me develop my Chinese language skills.  As a bilingual teacher, my first language background helps me in my ability to teach bilingual and immersion classes.

    What do you like most about Garfield?

    The students and the staff are the things I like most about Garfield.  Our students come from different cultures and backgrounds, yet they are all eager and willing to learn.  It is an enjoyable experience teaching our unique students.  In addition, we have the incredible staff.  We always work together to provide the best learning environment for our students.  I’m glad to be a part of our amazing team!

     

    What are 5 things you can’t live without?

    My family; my dog, Baron; my friends, my bed; and sunshine.

     

    Describe your ideal day off:

    My ideal day off would be relaxing and enjoying ice cream or a cold drink with my family and dog at the beach or in the park on a sunny day.

     

    Mr. Alan Lam

    Third Grade Cantonese Immersion Teacher

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

    I’ve been teaching since 1998 and have been at Garfield since 1998.

     

    What strengths do you bring to your profession?

    My strengths as a teacher are my passion for teaching, caring for my students, and perseverance for helping my students to perform at their best ability.

    What Do You Like Most About Garfield?

    What I like most about Garfield are our enthusiastic students, dedicated staff, devoted parents and Garfield’s unique location.

     

    What Are 5 Things You Can’t Live Without?

    A positive attitude toward life and work, dreams, hope, good health and the love of my family.

    Describe your ideal day off:

    I would definitely play a round of golf early in the morning; watch a couple movies in the afternoon; have a fancy dinner with my family in the evening; and listen to smooth jazz before bedtime.

    Ms. Patricia Hong

    Fourth Grade Cantonese Bi-Literacy Teacher

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

    I started as an emergency credentialed bilingual teacher in the SFUSD in 1991, became certificated in 1994, and joined Garfield School in 2015.

     

    What Strengths Do You Bring To Your Profession? 

    As an immigrant myself, I have had personal experience in second language acquisition and acculturation.  With professional training and experience, I am passionate about helping my students to become successful, caring, and happy global citizens.

    What Do You Like Most About Garfield?

    I enjoy working with the team of experienced, committed and fun colleagues.

     

    What Are 5 Things You Can’t Live Without? 

    Family, good health, delicious food, rest, and children's smiling faces.

    Describe Your Ideal Day Off:

    Deep in the forest I wake up with a cup of Chinese kungfu tea.  I then hike along a creek until I find a comfortable resting place where I will enjoy a good book.  In the evening around a campfire, with friends and family, we share jokes and stories, complementing with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.  Then all is calm and quiet, I admire the constellations and let the forest sing me a lullaby.

    Ms. Katherine O'Brien

    Kindergarten General Education Teacher, Room 106

    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!

    Ms. Dulce Fegan

    First Grade General Education Teacher

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

    I've been teaching since 1988 and have been at Garfield since 2003.

     

    What strengths do you bring to your profession?

    I enjoy teaching and spending time with children. I bring patience, understanding, and a realization of individual differences. I have a strong desire to make learning fun and meaningful.

    What do you like most about Garfield?

    The school environment is a picturesque setting below Coit Tower, atop a hill, and with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city. I like the small school size and the smiling, happy children who come to school each day to learn and have fun.

     

    What are 5 things you can’t live without?

    Family
    Love
    Water
    Laughter
    Music

    Describe your ideal day off:

    Relaxing at home, a walk on the beach, reading, and time in the garden.

    Ms. Freya Bernardo

    Second Grade General Education Teacher

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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. Tommy Luk

    Third Grade General Education Teacher

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

    I’ve been teaching since 2004 and have been at Garfield since 2005.

     

    What strengths do you bring to your profession?

    I bring patience and understanding of kids.  I was that quiet, shy, scared student.  I tell the kids to be braver than I was. I also believe that all kids are so capable, we just have to guide and motivate them.

    What do you like most about Garfield? 

    For a small school, Garfield has wonderful teachers, staff and support.  The kids we serve really make Garfield stand out.  They are amazing and teach me something everyday.

     

    What are 5 things you can’t live without?    

    Family, friends, humor, my health and of course, dessert.

    Describe your ideal day off:

    Watching the 49er’s return to their glory years. Spending time with family. Enjoying the many things we take for granted, and appreciating people around me and slowing down my pace of life.

     

    Ms. Megan Mackey

    Fourth General Education Teacher, Room 405

    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!

    Mr. Keith Hood

    Fifth Grade General Education Teacher

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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 l earning. 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. 

    Ms. Valerie Chan

    Grades K - 2 Special Day Teacher

    Ms. Janet NwanKwo

    Grades 3 - 5 Special Day Teacher

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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 August 2015.

     

    What Strengths Do You Bring To Your Profession?

    I bring a passion for motivating kids to believe in themselves, a faith that they can do anything if they believe it. I am also a good listener and I’m patient.

    What Do You Like Most About Garfield?

    I love the fact that it’s a small school, a beautiful school, set on a hill. 

    The atmosphere is very welcoming and the staff, I have experienced is very professional, yet never too busy to offer a helping hand. This is such a great team and I feel so privileged to be working with this group of people. 

     

    What Are 5 Things You Can’t Live Without? 

    I cannot live without air, water, and of course food. I can’t live without God in my life, and spreading love around

    Describe Your Ideal Day Off:

    My ideal day off will be spent by first lounging in bed and getting extra rest, taking a walk around Golden Gate Park or the Presidio, or just relaxing with a nice book to read. 

    Ms. Jamie Saverin

    Special Education Teacher