Hello San Francisco Community School Staff, Students, and Families,
I am honored to introduce myself as an incoming principal. I am very excited to begin my transition into your community. I have lived with my family in the Excelsior for fifteen years. My son went to Monroe Elementary, Hoover Middle and is now at Mission High School. When I am not working I spend time surfing, spinning records or hanging out with my family. I am passionate about public education and believe every neighborhood and every student should have access to a high-quality public school.
I will be going into my seventeenth year of education. I have experience in both traditional and non-traditional schools. My first teaching job was a small public school in Oakland that blended content with outdoor experiences. I then taught for three years at MetWest High School in Oakland. MetWest is a small public school in Oakland that allows students to pursue their interests through internships and project-based learning. I left MetWest to take a part-time teaching job so I could spend more time with my son. I was then the Peer Resource teacher at James Denman Middle School for five years. In 2012 I moved to Visitacion Valley Middle School as the Instructional Reform Facilitator before becoming the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction in 2014.
My work at Visitacion Valley Middle School has been focused on creating a learning environment that better serves all of our students, particularly those that have historically been the most marginalized. Much of this work has been focused on harnessing teaching leadership to build capacity in incorporating project-based learning and culturally responsive practices into the curriculum.
I have a deep passion for creating strong, supportive and humanizing school communities. All students should have the opportunity to attend a school where they feel loved, inspired and challenged. Over the years I have known SFC teachers, families and students and believe that the SFC community shares these values as well. I am excited to learn about and build on SFC’s unique history and driving philosophy as an alternative small school by design committed to PBL, community-centered practice, and collective decision-making.
I have already begun meeting with Ms. Vera and Mr. Hannon, as well as SFC staff to learn as much as I can about the school and community to ensure a smooth start to the 2019/20 school year. Also, I will be hosting a meet and greet at the school on Friday, May 10th from 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm. If you would like to stop by and say hello, I would love to meet students and families in my new community.