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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.



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

I started teaching in 2003 and have loved every minute of it! This is my first year (2016) as the Principal of Garfield Elementary School. I am so proud to be a Mighty Dragon and to be part of this amazing Community.

What Strengths Do You Bring To Your Profession?

I’d say one strength I have as a school leader is understanding the many moving parts of the school. I believe in building relationships with everyone and creating a safe and nurturing environment for everyone to feel successful. To achieve this, we have to know our learners – both the students and the adults!

What Do You Like Most About Garfield? 

What I love most about Garfield is the community. Every student is so unique and brings something very special to the school. The same can be said about the teachers and families. Everyday I look forward to coming to work because I know we’ll have fun and we’ll learn together.


What Are 5 Things You Can’t Live Without?

  1. My family and friends ( Lot’s of love to go around)

  2. Good coffee (I can be picky, I’ll admit!)

  3. Something to read(I love keeping up with current events and pop culture)

  4. Music (I grew up playing many instruments and can’t imagine not having it in my life)

  5. Wifi (I’m not embarrassed to say that I like to stay connected!)

Describe Your Ideal Day Off:

On my ideal day off I get to sleep in a bit. I would definitely make breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast, and coffee. Then off with some friends and family to a long bike ride where the weather is warm and I have some ice cold pink lemonade waiting for me at the end of the ride. Lunch would be my favorite sushi and then off for more fun quality time with my favorite people. The day winds down with a mellow dinner with steak, broccoli, rice and some kind of caramel dessert and sharing stories with each other.


Nancy Olexo

Librarian, Room A101 (Library)


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

I’ve been teaching art at Garfield for the past 10 years and before that as a classroom teacher in the district.

What strengths do you bring to your profession?

I love art! I was an art major at UC Berkeley before getting my credential, and still draw & paint in my free time.

What do you like most about garfield?

The teachers are wonderful to work with and are great collaborators. The students are creative and hard working making Garfield a happy place to make art with the kids!

What are 5 things you can't live without?

  • My kids

  • My dogs & cats

  • My students

  • Books

  • Donuts

Describe your ideal day off:

Walking my dogs through the city, stopping for coffee and talking to the people hanging out at the cafe & reading my book

Naomi Aizawa

Music Teacher, Room A102 (Music Room)



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

Last year (2017-2018) was my first year teaching!  As a content specialist I split my time between Garfield Elementary and Sutro Elementary.

What Strengths do you bring to your profession?

I believe my greatest strength is my ability to relate to the students and make them feel comfortable and confident in class.  I pride myself in my ability to make the lessons relevant to the students lives, encouraging them to be physically active outside of school.  I love working with kids and showing them it is ok to make mistakes, especially when we are learning something hula hooping.  I am still trying to figure that one out.

What do you like most about garfield?

I love the Garfield community!  I am lucky enough to get to spend time and teach every single student here throughout the week.  The students and staff are always happy to be here and find ways to make everyday so much fun!  And they show off their sweet dance moves with me at our Friday Dance Party!

What are 5 things you can't live without?

  • Family and Friends

  • Volleyball

  • Traveling

  • Coffee

  • Board Games

Describe your ideal day off:

My ideal day off I would sleep in and drink coffee in bed while reading.  I would then meet up with my friends to play in a grass volleyball tournament.  At the end of the day, I would spend time with my family and maybe sit in a hot tub because I'll probably already be sore.  I would end the day playing board games and eating ice cream! 

Sharon Santos

School Social Worker, Room 205

Karen Maruoka

Literacy Coach, Room 411

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

I've been teaching since 1997 and have been at Garfield since 2017.

What Strengths do you bring to your profession?

I enjoy working with children and adults to tackle challenges collaboratively and creatively.  I'm resourceful and tend to see opportunity in most situations.  I'm flexible and draw on my experiences of living and working in many different contexts.

What do you like most about garfield?

The Garfield community is warm and welcoming.  Garfield staff, students, and families are curious about new ideas and excited to learn.

What are 5 things you can't live without?

  • My family and friends

  • The ocean

  • A radio

  • Books and magazines

  • A kitchen with a well-stocked pantry

Describe your ideal day off:

I'd rise early and putter quite around my house.  I'd take a midday walk on the beach - regardless of weather.  I'd end my day with family, friends, and neighbors gathered around a big table enjoying good food and great conversations.

Christina Derebenskaya

Speech Teacher, Room A203

Christina Devling

School Psychologist, Room A201

Cat Flores

Physiotherapist, Room A201

Jessica Dobson

Occupational Therapist, Room A201