Elementary Science Team

Carolyn Gencarella

Elementary School Content Specialist
Carolyn Gencarella

Carolyn Gencarella

 

Carolyn brings a wealth of teaching experience at the elementary level and a deep interest in science instruction to the SFUSD Science Team.  Her experience as a general classroom teacher in elementary schools on the peninsula and in San Francisco spans the grade levels, PK-5.  Before joining the Science Team, Carolyn spent seven years as the Science Resource Teacher at Alvarado School in SFUSD. As an active member of the Exploratorium’s BaySci Master Group, she has extensively examined and practiced the use of academic discourse and notebooking as strategies to develop literacy skills within the science curriculum, particularly for English Language Learners  Carolyn holds a Multiple Subject Credential with CLAD certification as well as a Single Subject Credential in Foundational Level General Science.

Carolyn believes that a strong science program is rooted in purposeful, cross-curricular, inquiry-based activities that engage all students in the learning process.  As a team player, she values and respects the professional knowledge and expertise that all teachers bring to the table and looks forward to working with staffs in SFUSD to elevate science instruction in our district.

Claudia Scharff

Elementary School Content Specialist
Claudia Scharff

Claudia Scharff

 

Claudia was a Spanish bilingual science resource teacher and a third through fifth grade teacher at Alvarado for eight years. She co-lead a 4th and 5th grade girls science club with UCSF scientists and the support of the Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) for three years and taught City Science to third grade teachers.  Claudia was a coordinator at SEP for five years and particularly enjoyed working with teachers and scientists to address the needs of English Language Learners through science, as well as working with high school interns placed in UCSF science labs.  She thinks that hands-on science and engineering investigations make the best springboard for developing language and math.  There is no better way to get an otherwise shy child to talk, or an otherwise active child to focus, than to observe how a snail behaves when faced with an obstacle, or what happens when you squeeze lemons into red cabbage juice, or discover how to build a circuit with two lights! In her free time, Claudia likes to play in the water and the mountains, and with her two young children.

She is very happy to be part of the science team with its breadth of experience, interests and fun-loving personalities, and is especially excited to begin implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and to educate our most curious and creative minds to marvel at the world and solve the problems we all face.

Anastasia Pickens

Elementary School Content Specialist
Anastasia Pickens

Anastasia Pickens

pickensa@sfusd.edu

Anastasia is returning to SFUSD after 8 years of teaching math and science to 5th graders in Half Moon Bay where she rooted her curriculum in elephant seals, Princeton Harbor, and beach clean-ups. Prior to teaching on the coast, Anastasia earned National Board Certification while teaching a 4-5 combination class at Alvarado. Her interest in science education began when she participated in science-teacher partnerships at UCSF through which she discovered how scientists actually do science. She also participated in the Academy of Sciences Teaching for Science and Sustainability (TISS) program and the San Mateo Environmental Literacy (SMELC) Institute, which further grounded her in the direct connection between teaching science and environmental stewardship.

Anastasia is delighted to apply all she gleaned from both teaching and learning to become part of the Elementary Science Team. She’s especially interested in the intersection of NGSS with environmental advocacy, believing we only protect what we love, so getting kids out in nature should be part of every science classroom.

This page was last updated on November 4, 2022