Kindergarten Teachers

Melinda Carpenter

Room 112


Mrs. Carpenter photoHi, my name is Melinda Carpenter and I teach kindergarten in Room 112.  I have been teaching kindergarten in SFUSD since 2011 and I began working at Lafayette Elementary in 2018.  I am so excited to be here. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and moved to San Francisco for college.  I did my undergrad studies at the University of San Francisco and graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.  Then I received my Elementary Education teaching credential and a Masters in Education from San Francisco State University. I enjoy reading, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with my husband and son exploring all the wonderful things San Francisco has to offer.

I love teaching kindergarten and really do believe all you need to know you learn in kindergarten.  Not only is it academic, but it is where students learn how to interact with each other and as part of the greater community.  I consider parents my partners in this learning process. It is amazing the growth each child will experience over the course of the year.  I look forward to getting to know each student and their families as they enter my classroom and Lafayette Elementary.

Santiago Cuevas

Room 128/ B2

Hello Lafayette Families! My name is Santiago Cuevas and I am teaching Kindergarten in Bungalow 2 this school year. I enjoy traveling to new countries in order to eat new cuisines to try to cook at home, playing and watching basketball, and taking long walks with my two dogs on the weekends. I look forward to meeting everyone and having a fun and exciting school year here at Lafayette Elementary School. 

Sue Gaylord

Room 106

Ms. Gaylord 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 Kindergarteners. 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

Room 102

Ms. ScullyHello! My name is Celia Scully and I have been teaching kindergarten at Lafayette since 2016. I was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and I come from a family of teachers. I moved to San Francisco to attend 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. 

My biggest values as a teacher are balancing academic and social/emotional development, teaching inclusive practices, and building a sense of community in the classroom.  Communication is very important to me and I want my students and their families to know I am always available. Together, we make the team to ensure your child's happiness and success.

In my spare time I love to read, go to the movies, take dance classes, and enjoy all the amazing sights and activities San Francisco has to offer. I am also a huge Giants fan!

There really is no other school like Lafayette, and I could not imagine teaching anywhere else. The staff here creates 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!