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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.

Special Education

Ms. Valerie Chan

Grades 1 - 3 Special Day Teacher, Room 202

Ms. Janet NwanKwo

Grades 4 - 5 Special Day Teacher, Room 201


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. 

Sunwoo, Jin

Resource Specialist Program, Room 304

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

I started teaching in 2010 and have been at Garfield since 2015.

What strengths do you bring to your profession?

I pay close attention to each student’s individual strengths and learning styles. I take pride in getting to know my students and working with specific students based on their needs. I am always looking for a variety of resources to keep my students engaged and motivated.



What do you like most about Garfield?

Garfield is like a small community to me. Families, students, and staff members work closely together to ensure everyone’s success. In addition, I love how culturally diverse Garfield is.

What are 5 things you can’t live without?

  • My family including my dog, Chloe
  • Music
  • Coffee
  • Love or friendship

Describe your ideal day off:

My ideal day off would be exploring a different city or new town. I would take lots of pictures to share with my friends and family and try out some yummy food. It would be a perfect night if I get to go to a concert to listen to live music.