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.
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
- 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.