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!

Monique Williams:  Hi, my name is Ms. Williams.  I am the kindergarten teacher in Room 1.  I have been teaching 19 years here at Visitacion Valley.  When I’m not working, I love spending time with my daughter, reading, learning about space and our universe, and learning new languages.

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.

Judy Tam: Hi, my name is Ms. Tam.  I am the kindergarten teacher in Rm.12. This is my 5th year as a teacher at VVES.  It has been such a blessing to be able to build relationships with families and teach within this community.  During my free time I enjoy watching my sons baseball games, and also my daughters volleyball games.  I enjoy cooking, crafts, drawing, painting, watching movies, and playing board games when I have free time.  I am a big fan of Disneyland and I love roller coasters.

Meet the First Grade Teachers!

Joy Richardson:  Hi, my name is Ms. Richardson.  I teach 1st grade in Room 101.  I have been teaching for 27 years and at Visitacion Valley for 20 years.  I like to read and I have cat named Chester.

Linda Tran: Hi, my name is Ms. Tran and I teach 1st grade. I’ve been a primary grade teacher for 6 years and at VVES for 4 years. I thoroughly enjoy attending live music concerts, spending time in nature, and enhancing my knowledge on health and wellness.


Meet the Second Grade Team!

Maureen Wong: Hi, my name is Mrs. Wong. I teach 2nd grade. I’ve been teaching since 1996 and this is my 10th year working at Little Vis.  I love to go hiking with friends and family when I’m free.  My most favorite places are national parks!

Jennifer Chieng:  Hi, I'm Ms. Chieng. I teach 2nd grade at Visitacion Valley. I have been teaching for eight years and this is my third year at Visitacion Valley. I enjoy hiking, foodie adventure, and hang out with my family and friends. 

Amelia Mopas Santos: Hi, my name is Amelia Mopas Santos. I teach 2nd grade at VVES.  This is my 18th year teaching at SFUSD.  When I am not working, I enjoy jogging and doing barre at home. I love spending time with my daughter and husband, trying out new foods, and watching movies with them. 


Meet the Third Grade Team!

Jeneva Diaz:  Hi, I’m Ms. Diaz! :) I teach 3rd grade here at VVES, and this is my second year in this awesome community! I love to go on road trips with my friends to camp and see National Parks. I also love to read, have picnics at the park, and find new places to eat in SF!

Anna Chan: Hi, my name is Ms. Anna. I teach 3rd grade here at VVES. I have been teaching for 9 years, all at Visitacion Valley! I love learning alongside 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’ve been at VVES for over twenty years teaching second and third grades. Besides work, I enjoy short road trips with family, winding down with Korean soap operas (English Subtitles), and spending time with my siblings’ families.

Meet the Fourth Grade Team!

Katie Lin: Hi, I am Ms. Katie Lin. This is my 5th 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! 

Gregory Gallup: Hi, I’m Mr. Greg and I teach fourth grade here at VVES. This is my 3rd here here, and my 19th year teaching in San Francisco! In my spare time I like to do anything outside- bike riding, hiking, camping, and swimming! I also love to travel and read books.

Michael Dakan: To be updated soon.

Meet the Fifth Grade Team!

Gerrard Watts: Hi, my name is Gerrard Watts Jr. I teach 5th grade. I have been teaching for 1 year at Visitacion Valley. In my free time, I'm usually running, reading or performing guitar at a nearby cafe.

Richard Agcamaran: "Hi, my name is Richard Agcamaran. I teach 5th grade. This is my 5th year as a teacher at VVES. Outside of school you can usually find me riding my bike, drinking boba, snacking on food, or hanging out with my dogs Montie and Bruce.”


Meet the RSP Team (Resource Specialist Program)!


VVES Teacher Lisa Klewicki

Lisa Klewicki:   Hi, my name is Lisa Klewicki. I have been teaching since 1996, and this is my second year at VVES. I am a special education resource specialist and I teach in the fourth and fifth grade classrooms. I have two dogs who love going on walks and to the beach with me.  I also enjoy surfing and going on hikes.


Emilia Rivera:  Hi, my name is Ms. Rivera! This is my first year teaching at VVES and I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful community. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with friends and family, trying different foods and restaurants, attempting to cook, and watching TV shows and movies.

Joanna Zheng:  Hi, my name is Joanna Yanhua Zheng. My role is special education paraeducator. I have been teaching for 5 years and at Visitacion Valley for 2 years. When I am not teaching, I enjoy hiking, beach, church and road trips with my loved ones.

Gabriel Schacter-Brodie: Hi, My name is Gabe Schacter-Brodie. I am a student teacher with Ms. Tran’s first grade class. This is my first year student teaching, and my second year at VVES. In my free time I like going on hikes and playing and watching sports.

MaryLouise Batson: Hi, my name is Mary Batson, but everyone calls me Miss Mary. This is my First year at VVES. In the mornings I help support the Kindergarten classrooms and during lunchtime I am a Noon monitor. I live in the community and am super excited to be working with your children! During my free time I like to read and cook new types of food. I also love traveling with my husband and going on fun adventures with my 3 children.



Meet the Teacher Specialists!

Librarian - Dylan Beighley

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Mr. Dylan

Hi, my name is Dylan Beighley. I am the librarian here at VVES. This is my first year at Little Vis, and I am so excited to be here! When I'm not finding books, reading books, or recommending books, I like to cook, listen to music, and spend time in nature. I'm always searching for new recipes and new music, so please don't be afraid to share.

Instructional Reform Facilitator - Shirley Duong

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Ms. Shirley

Hi, my name is Ms. Shirley. I am an Instructional Coach. I have been in education for sixteen years and at Visitacion Valley for four years. In my free time, I like to spend time with my husband and one-year-old daughter, visit my parents, and read non-fiction.


Literacy Coach - Kristin Borchers

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Mrs. Borchers

"Hi, my name is Kristin Borchers (formerly Smith) and I am a Literacy Coach. I love coaching teachers and doing reading with small groups of students. I have been teaching for 14 years and this is my 3rd year at Visitacion Valley. I’ve taught almost every grade!  In my freetime, I love to be outdoors hiking or at the beach with my dog! A fun fact about me is that I worked at Disney World! 

Physical Education Specialist - Jolinko Lassiter

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Coach Lassiter

Hi, my name is Coach Lassiter. I teach Kindergarten – 5th Grade Physical Education.  I have been teaching for 11 years and at Visitacion Valley for eight years. I enjoy anything basketball related (playing and coaching), traveling the world, and singing karaoke.


Music Teacher - Edward Landels


Visual Art Teacher - David Starfas

"Hi, my name is David starfas. I teach Art for all grades. I have been teaching for 10 years and this is my first year at Visitacion Valley. When I am not teaching, illustrating, or writing stories, I am exploring Golden Gate Park with my wife and two boys

Mastering Cultural Initiative Teacher - Jeremiah Marshall

This page was last updated on January 12, 2023