Lafayette Elementary School

Kindergarten Teachers

Lindsay Gonzales - 128


 

Hi, my name is Lindsay Gonzales and I teach Kindergarten in Room 128.  I have been teaching at Lafayette since 2007.

I was born and raised in San Francisco.  I graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Human Development and a minor in Education.  I received my Elementary Education teaching credential from San Francisco State University.  I received my Early Childhood National Board Certification in 2012. I enjoy traveling and documenting my journeys through photography, baking, crafts, running, and going to Giants games.

Kindergarten is an important grade in a child’s education.  Kindergarten is a time for a child to not only learn academic information, but to learn social interactions and how to follow rules. The skills that a child learns at school should be reinforced at home.  I feel that parental involvement is important inside and outside of the classroom.  Also, open communication between the parents and the teacher is essential in order for a child to succeed.

I'm excited to get to know all of the students and their families over the year. I know that your child will have a memorable Kindergarten year at Lafayette!

Sue Gaylord - 106


My name is Ms. Gaylord and I am delighted to be teaching my students at Lafayette Elementary School. I have been teaching in SFUSD for many years and am thrilled to be working with first graders. I have a Masters in Education from UC Berkeley and completed my student teaching at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.

This year will be a great year for my students. They will be meeting new friends and learning about the community and many other interesting things. We will work to improve reading and math skills, with holidays and other themes as the framework for many lessons. We will study science and social studies, enhancing lessons with field trips. We will also go to the school library, have P.E. and computer class. Social development and leadership skills will also be encouraged.

The support parents provide, at home and at school, is important. I look forward to meeting all of you and working with you as your child grows. It will be exciting to see the new skills you child will acquire throughout the year. Together we will work to help your child reach his or her highest potential and become a lifelong learner.

Celia Scully - 112

Hello! My name is Celia Scully and this is my second year teaching kindergarten at Lafayette. I was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and I come from a family of teachers. I moved to San Francisco 7 years ago and attended the University of San Francisco. At USF, I received my Bachelor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and my Masters in Education. While I always wanted to be a teacher, I decided to pursue my interest in entrepreneurship as well, though I found myself volunteering in classrooms instead of interning at start-ups. That's when I knew I was right all along, and that teaching was where I was meant to be. 

 

I have been a student teacher at Argonne and Lafayette, tutored at Cobb, and I was a substitute and after school teacher at Town School for Boys. I am also an instructor at the Galileo educational summer camps during the summer, where I get to see lots of Lafayette students! My biggest values as a teacher are balancing academic and social/emotional development, the inclusion of a social justice lens in education, and building a sense of community in the classroom.

In my spare time I love to read, take dance classes, and enjoy all the amazing activities San Francisco has to offer. I am a huge Giants fan and will always talk baseball!

 

I am so excited to be at this amazing school with such a strong sense of community. The teachers here create an amazing support system so that all students grow socially, emotionally, and academically. I cannot wait to get to know all of the students and their families as we venture off into kindergarten!

Melinda Carpenter