Second Grade Teachers

Veronica Gleason

Room 104

May Jean Martin

Room 110

Hello! 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 teachers at Lafayette Elementary School. I entered the teaching profession in 2006 with the Archdiocese of San Francisco. I spent the first five years teaching grades Kindergarten, First and Second at an inner-city, urban based school.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from my combined years at Cal Poly Pomona and California State University, Los Angeles. I currently hold a Clear Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Education from San Francisco State University. I have worked as an educator with SFUSD since 2015 in several different roles. Most recently, I worked as a K-4 Reading Intervention Teacher at Paul Revere PK-8, an Instructional Reform Facilitator and 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 school aged child. Lafayette outshined all of the elementary schools and here he is, at the best school, indeed! I am proud to be a Lafayette teacher and parent who has witnessed the outstanding teaching and exceptional leadership in this school community. I view myself as an inclusive and culturally responsive teacher and parent liaison to this dynamic community.  

In my spare time, I LOVE to play indoor volleyball on an all-women’s team, try out new dishes from Maangchi’s cookbook and travel to new places with (and without) my husband and kids! 

I’m looking forward to an amazing school year! Let's build meaningful relationships, parent partnerships and lifelong friendships!

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 a great school year full of fun and learning!