Teachers

Meet the Teachers at VVES!

The many teachers and educators at VVES come from diverse backgrounds and are dedicated to serving all the students at our school.

Meet the Kindergarten Team!

Joy Richardson:

Mary Li: Hi! I am Ms. Li, and I teach kindergarten at VVES.  When I’m not working, I like to watch baseball, read, and take naps.

Monique Williams:

Three women standing behind a bookshelf. From left to right: Joy Richardson, Mary Li, and Monique Williams

The Kindergarten Teachers, from Left to Right: Joy Richardson, Mary Li, and Monique Williams

Meet the First Grade Teachers!

Maureen Wong: Hi, my name is Mrs. Wong. I teach 1st grade. I’ve been teaching since 1996 and this is my 7th year working at VisValley.  I love to hang out with my friends, and we help seniors do line dancing on weekends!

Linda Tran: Hi, my name is Ms. Tran and I teach 1st grade. I’ve been teaching for 3 years and at VVES for 1 year. Some of the things I enjoy doing outside of work is checking out different restaurants, visiting festivals, and attending live music concerts.

Loi Murillo: Hi there! My name is Mrs. Murillo. I’ve been a Little Vis Valley teacher for eighteen years, teaching various grades from 1st - 3rd grade. Currently, I’m a 1st grade teacher. I am a nature lover, food lover, and love exploring cities and cultures from around the globe.

Three women standing behind a bookshelf. From left to right: Maureen Wong, Linda Tran, and Loi Murillo.

The First Grade Teachers, from Left to Right: Maureen Wong, Linda Tran, and Loi Murillo

Meet the Second Grade Team!

Erin Hamson: Hi! My name is Ms. Hamson. I teach 2nd grade at Vis Valley. This is my 2nd year of teaching and 1st year at Vis Valley. I just moved to San Francisco from San Diego where I worked as an engineer. I am very excited to bring science & engineering to my classroom and our school! Rise high stars!

Betty Cheung:

Jennifer Chieng: Hi, My name is Ms. Chieng. I teach 2nd grade at Vis Valley. I have been teaching for five years and this is my first year at Vis Valley. I enjoy hiking, trying out restaurants, and hang out with my family and friends.

The second grade teachers stands in front of the 2nd grade bulletin board. From Left to Right: Jennifer Chieng, Betty Cheung, and Erin Hamson

The Second Grade Teachers, from Left to Right: Jennifer Chieng, Betty Cheung, and Erin Hamson 

Meet the Third Grade Team!

Ross Allard: Hello! I’m Mr. Ross! I’m a 3rd Grade teacher here at Lil’ Vis. I started teaching at VVES in the middle of last year, and I’m really excited to be back. I am a teacher and also a student at San Francisco State University. I LOVE learning! In my free time, I like to hang out with my wife and 2 daughters. I also love going to the beach and surfing!

Anna Chan: Hi, my name is Ms. Anna. I teach 3rd grade here at VVES. I have been teaching for 6 years, all at Visitacion Valley! I love learning alongside with my students. As a lifelong learner, I am learning how to bake, how to swim, and how to be the best teacher I can be!

Cindy Sin-Lee: Hi!  I’m Ms. Sin. I taught 2nd grade grade for 18 years at VVES. This is my second year teaching 3rd grade at Little Vis. Besides work, I enjoy short road trips with family, winding down with Korean (English Subtitles)  soap operas, and hanging with my sister’s family.

VVES 3rd grade teachers

The Third Grade Teachers, from Left to Right: Ross Allard, Anna Chan, Cindy Sin-Lee

Meet the Fourth Grade Team!

Katie Lin: Hi, I am Ms. Katie Lin. This is my third year teaching at VVES. I teach 4th grade. Doing community service, listening to audio books, and traveling to new places are my favorite things to do! 

Salavao Lopez: Greetings, my name is Salavao Lopez-Savea, or Ms. Lopez-Savea. I have been a classroom teacher for twenty years and have been a fourth-grade teacher at Visitacion Valley Elementary for two years. I enjoy walking my dog, taking long strolls at the beach and park, watching a beautiful sunset, cooking and baking, listening to music and dancing, reading a good book or article, going to the movies, talking and laughing with my daughter and loved ones, and doing Tai Chi Saturday mornings.  These are just some of the fun things I like to do...

Evelyn Chan: Hello there! I am Mrs. Chan and I have been a teacher here at VVES for the past 21 years in Grades 3-5. When I am not at work, you can bet I am outside somewhere...running, walking, biking, or hiking. Occasionally, I indulge in a little sitting :).

VVES 4th grade teachers are sitting on a mosaic lizard bench. From Left to Right: Katie Lin, Salavao Lopez, Evelyn Chan.

The Fourth Grade Teachers, from Left to Right: Katie Lin, Salavao Lopez, Evelyn Chan

Meet the Fifth Grade Team!

Kyle Albery: Hi, my name is Kyle Albery. I teach 5th grade!! I have been teaching in a variety of settings for 12 years and am lucky enough to be celebrating my second year at Vis Valley! You can usually find me hiking or mountain biking with my 2 dogs in San Francisco parks, or on the weekends in the mountains near Lake Tahoe!

Judy Tam:

Richard Agcamaran: Hi, my name is Richard Agcamaran. I teach 5th grade. This is my 2nd year as a teacher at VVES. Outside of school you can usually find me riding my bike, eating pizza, or hanging out with my dog Montie.​​​​​​

VVES 5th grade teachers in classroom, from left to right: Kyle Albery, Judy Tam, Richard Agcamaran

The Fifth Grade Teachers, from Left to Right: Kyle Albery, Judy Tam, Richard Agcamaran

Meet the RSP Team (Resource Specialist Program)!

Mary Beavins: Hi, my name is Ms. Beavins. I teach students in kindergarten through fifth grades.  My role is Resource Specialist Program teacher. I have been teaching and working at Visitacion Valley for fifteen years.  I love Mother Nature and enjoy visiting with her every chance I get.  

Grace Vargas: Hi, my name is Grace Vargas and I’m a Resource Specialist Program Teacher. This is my third year of teaching, as well as my third year at VVES. I enjoy hiking and driving to new places when I’m not at school.

Adrian Bravo: Hi, my name is Adrian Bravo. I am a first year Paraeducator at Visitacion Valley Elementary School. I work with first graders. I love what I do. Outside of work, I enjoy eating, hiking, reading, and attending Mass.

VVES teachers

Mary Beavins - RSP Teacher

Grace Vargas - RSP Teacher

Rachel Brooks - Paraprofessional

Julie Vail - Paraprofessional

Brianna Fuller - Paraprofessional

Adrian Vargas - Paraprofessional

Meet the Teacher Specialists!

Librarian - Jennifer O'Sullivan

Hi, my name is Ms. O’Sullivan. I teach Library to Kindergarten through 5th Grade. I have been teaching for 4 years and at Visitacion Valley for 1 year. When I’m not having fun in the Library, I can be found knitting on a pair of socks or practicing yoga.

Physical Education Specialist - Jolinko Lassiter

Hi, my name is Coach Lassiter. I teach Kindergarten – 5th Grade Physical Education.  I have been teaching for 8 years and at Visitacion Valley for five years. I enjoy anything basketball related (playing and coaching) and participating in karaoke.

Outdoor Educator - Air Onofe

Music Teacher - Donald Armistead

Art Teachers - Sarah Allison, Daniel Doherty

Hi, my name is Sarah Allison. I am an itinerant visual arts teacher with the visual and performing art department. I see students at Visitacion Valley one day a week. This is my third year at Visitacion Valley and my third year with SFUSD. I also teach silent disco yoga at Baker Beach.

A Filipino man standing behind a colorful playground structure.

Librarian - Jennifer O'Sullivan

Outdoor Educator - Air Onofe

Physical Education Specialist - Jolinko Lassiter

Music Teacher - Donald Armistead

Art Teachers - Sarah Allison, Daniel Doherty