First Grade Teachers

Eunice Chue

Room 103

Hello!  My name is Eunice Chue.  As a native San Franciscan, I attended St. Mary’s Chinese Day School, Herbert Hoover Middle School, Lowell High School, and City College of San Francisco.  While I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University,  I participated in the SFSU teaching credential intern program. I served as an intern Chinese-bilingual kindergarten teacher at Lafayette.   After I received my Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential in 1999,  I taught a fourth and fifth grade combination class before I became a first grade teacher.

First grade is definitely the year for building the foundations for future academic learning. Besides learning the basic phonics skills using the Fundations program, my students engage in daily shared reading and small group guided reading lessons.  In addition to reading many fascinating literature, the children learn different writing strategies and compose a variety of innovative books during Writer’s Workshop.  Since I firmly believe that children learn best through hands-on experiences, I integrate a lot of art, science, and field trips into my curriculum.  Meanwhile, I  look forward to another awesome school year in working with my first grade class and their families!   

Aside from teaching, I enjoy cooking, baking, gardening, hiking,  and road trips.  Two of my favorite places to visit are Yosemite National Park and Emerald Bay State park in South Lake Tahoe.    

 

Gina Martinez

Room 109

Ms. Martinez

Santiago Cuevas

Room 36A/ B5

Hello!

My name is Santiago Cuevas and I teach first grade at Lafayette Elementary. I grew up in East Los Angeles before receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Once finished with my Bachelors, I traveled abroad to teach English and Kindergarten in Japan and Thailand for a total of three years. After meaningful reflection about what to do next in life, I decided to move to the bay area in 2016 to become a public-school teacher. Around this time, I joined SFUSD as a paraprofessional working with students with specific social emotional needs. After working and going to school for 2 years, I finally received my teaching credential from San Francisco State University in 2018. Fortunately, I then joined the Lafayette team in 2019 as a Kindergarten Teacher.

In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, playing drums, cooking, playing basketball, and taking long walks with my two dogs (Chaser & Snowdrop). As an educator, I strive to provide a safe and calm space that welcomes, respects, and cherishes the unique individuality and culture of each student and family.

I look forward to a wonderful, inspiring, and fun year with my class!

Meagan Goodfriend

Room 111

Hello! My name is Meagan Goodfriend and I am incredibly excited to join the Lafayette Elementary School community. I began my journey at Lafayette as a student teacher in 2017, became a 4th grade long-term substitute teacher in 2018 and am now transitioning to my role as a first grade teacher. I received both my BA in psychology and my Masters in Teaching at the University of San Francisco. 

 I am originally from New Jersey but moved to San Francisco in 2014 in pursuit of nicer weather and increased outdoor spaces. When I am not in the classroom I enjoy exploring the community around me, often getting lost in all that San Francisco has to offer. Some other hobbies of mine include hiking, gardening, yoga, and cooking. My goal as an educator is to create a safe environment in which students feel that they can push themselves and take risks to further their learning. I believe that every student deserves a team that encourages them to do their best and therefore strive to create a team between each student, their families and loved ones, and myself. I am looking forward to a wonderful and engaging school year!