Second Grade Teachers

Veronica Gleason

Room 104

Photo of Ms. GleasonHello! My name is Veronica Gleason. I have been teaching second grade at Lafayette Elementary School since spring 2018. I come from a family of educators and am a fifth generation San Franciscan. I attended SFUSD schools from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I attended San Francisco State University and have a Bachelor's Degree in History.  I have a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of San Francisco.

Second grade is a wonderful and important year where students grow both emotionally and academically. I believe in a student centered classroom where communication and a strong classroom community are at the core of our learning environment. I love making art with our students and encourage a strong creative atmosphere.  

Outside of the classroom I enjoy making art, cooking, hiking, dancing and playing the flute. I look forward to an exciting and wonderful school year!

May Jean Martin

Room 110

Photo of Ms. MartinHello! My name is May Jean Martin, and I am excited to teach 2nd grade at Lafayette Elementary School.  I began teaching in 2003 in Redwood Shores, CA, teaching 1st and 2nd grades for 12 years. I earned my National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education and taught 4th grade in Marin before making the switch to SFUSD. I started teaching at Lafayette in 2019. 

As a second grader, your child has a wonderful and important year ahead. My goal is to provide an atmosphere of challenge and success, where students give and receive praise regularly. I encourage them to become independent and responsible workers in a safe and nurturing environment.

I consider communication to be of utmost importance as we build relationships between your family, myself, and the school community. I encourage you to reach out frequently with any questions, concerns, or simply to connect and  deepen our relationship. 

When outside the classroom, you can find me exercising (yoga, running, hiking) reading, cooking, and traveling overseas most summers.

Jenn Van Mieghem

Room 108

Greetings! My name is Ms. V. and it is with great enthusiasm that I join this incredible community of educators at Lafayette. I entered the teaching profession in 2006 with the Archdiocese of San Francisco. I spent the first five years working at an inner city school, serving a diverse group of learners in grades Kindergarten, First and Second. I view myself as a culturally responsive teacher who advocates for inclusion and equity.

I currently hold a Clear Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from San Diego State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Education from San Francisco State University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from my combined years at Cal Poly Pomona and California State University, Los Angeles. I consider myself a lifelong learner and am presently completing a Reading and Literacy Certification  Program through the University of Southern California.

I have worked as an educator within SFUSD in several different roles. Most recently, I worked as a K-4 Reading Intervention Teacher at Paul Revere PK-8, also as an Instructional Reform Facilitator and PK-12 Substitute Teacher. While substitute teaching, I worked at 39 different SFUSD schools to learn more about the District whilst finding the best elementary school for my child. This is when I learned about Lafayette and the outstanding teaching and exceptional leadership. We are both very proud to be a part of this dynamic community!

In my spare time, I LOVE to play indoor volleyball on an all-women’s team. 

I'm a big fan of the San Francisco Symphony and Golden Gate Park. I enjoy traveling to new places with (and without) my husband and kids! 

I’m looking forward to a productive school year. Cheers to cultivating meaningful relationships, parent-teacher partnerships and A+ citizenship!

Sheryl Sitkoff

Room 107

Hello! My name is Sheryl (Sheri) Sitkoff and I teach 2nd grade in Room 101.  I’ve been teaching at Lafayette since 2017.  Before joining the Lafayette staff, I taught kindergarten -2nd grade in San Mateo County.  I’ve been an educator for over 25 years and have taught in both public and private schools.  I’m thrilled to be a part of the amazing Lafayette School community!  

I earned a Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University in Liberal Studies and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. After living in The City for more than 30 years, I made a big life change and relocated to Marin County.  When I am not teaching, you will find me hiking, biking, doing yoga, reading, trying new recipes, and spending time with friends. 

My goal as a teacher is to cultivate a classroom community where students  feel valued, embrace creativity, take risks as well as practice empathy and inclusiveness. 

I am looking forward to creating a strong home-school connection in addition to having a great school year full of fun and learning!