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Rob Tassano - Special Education


My name is Rob Tassano and I am a Resource Teacher at Lafayette Elementary.  I graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business and then received my teaching credential from San Francisco State University.  This is my fourth year at Lafayette and I am very excited to be back and for the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful school community.  All the teachers, staff and parents make Lafayette a wonderful place for students to learn and grow!  When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing and watching sports, and traveling as much as possible.  Maui and Lake Tahoe are two of my very favorite places to visit.  I am a huge San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan!

Rowena Tong - STEM



I am a native of San Francisco and received my teaching credential from San Francisco State University in 1994.  I've taught 5th and 1st grades at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, technology at Marshall Elementary and Paul Revere K-8 School, and was a Teacher on Special Assignment with the Educational Technology Department of SFUSD.  I am thrilled to work at Lafayette Elementary as a technology coach for students and staff.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family camping and road tripping.  My dream retirement job is to work as a park ranger with the National Park Service, teaching kids about hugging trees and kissing banana slugs.

Shannon Parenti - Speech



My name is Shannon Parenti and I am one of Lafayette’s Speech-Language Pathologists. I graduated from San Francisco State University in 1999, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders and entered SFSU’s Graduate program in Speech Pathology. I earned my Masters of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Clinical Service Rehab Credential in 2001. I immediately began working for SFUSD.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and two sons, Drew and Colton.

I am looking forward to another great year at Lafayette.

Jordan Paxhia: Special Education


I am a Special Education teacher here at Lafayette Elementary School.  I started teaching in 2003 in Boston, Massachusetts and completed my Masters in Special Education at Wheelock College in 2005.  I lived and taught in Boston until 2009 when I moved to San Francisco to continue teaching.  For the last three years, I worked as a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Coach and PAX Good Behavior Game Partner for SFUSD.  While I loved working at various school sites and learned a tremendous amount, I missed working directly with children.  I feel very fortunate to have found a spot at Lafayette.  I am continuously impressed by the community here and am grateful everyday to come work with such wonderful people. 

When I am not at school, you can find me enjoying the outdoors.  I am a competitive sailor and also love to surf, cycle, run, swim and hike.  My family moved west to San Francisco shortly after me (the winters are long and cold in the northeast!), and my husband and I are lucky to be able to spend time with them be it exploring the city, walking their dogs at Ocean Beach, or enjoying a picnic at Golden Gate Park.