Athena Lafferty

Athena Lafferty

Elementary Education Teacher

  • 48 Mateo Street San Francisco, CA 94131

Areas of Proficiency  

  • Reading and Writing Workshop (Teacher's College Model integrated with SFUSD Interdisciplinary Curriculum Maps for studying Narrative, Informative, Opinion, and Research Language Arts Spirals                    
  • Developing Hands-on Literacy Centers for Word Work based on Fountas and Pinnell Spelling Patterns
  • Guided Reading  and Literacy Circles
  • Integration of Art across the curriculum (clay, watercolor, drawing, sculpture)
  • Planning and carrying out Foss Science Investigations
  • Use of instructional models (such as Rekenreks, ten frames, number bonds) and math practices to build a community of math learners 
  •  Treating students equitably while honoring  and fostering a classroom culture of respect for individual differences, interests, skills, knowledge,  and appreciation of diversity.
  • Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment using iPAD App and ODMS (trained 2015, 2016)           
  • School Health Advocate 2010-14 Developed School-Wide Healthy Foods Program, LGBTQ Curriculum training
  • Designing and leading collaborative workshops for teachers that focus on best practices and the implementation of schoolwide professional learning around shifts related to  the Common Core Standards

Professional Experience

Work experience

San Francisco Unified School District

Aug 2001 - May 2016

Kindergarten Teacher, Lakeshore Elementary School

Taught Kindergarten using principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP), Constructivist Approach, Project-Based Learning, and Writer's and Reader's Workshops.  Lead teacher on grade level team. Established leveled bookroom and guided reading approach with K-1. Site Council member, active PTA and UBC member.

Everyday Magic Summer Program

Jun 2005 - Aug 2013

Summer School Teacher K-3

Developed and taught project-based curriculum for multiage 2-3 week sessions focused on Science, Art, or Literature



Stanford University National Board Support Program

Aug 2013 - May 2014

National Board Certification for Teachers

Early Childhood Generalist (K-3)

San Francisco State University

Aug 1999 - Dec 2000

California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential (CLAD)

Elementary Education with Early Childhood Emphasis

San Francisco State University

Dec 1992

Bachelor of Arts, Japanese Language and Culture

Professional Development

  • Member of Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) Team (a collaborative effort of the  California Teachers Association, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) and the National Board Resource Center at Stanford University) with the task of designing and leading workshops for teachers throughout the school district, 2015-2017
  • SFUSD National Board Candidate Support Provider for cohort of teachers 2015-2016
  • Building Number Sense through Instructional Models (K-2) Workshop--3 sessions, Fall 2014
  • Restorative Practices Approach for creating a behavioral environment that is inclusive, based on fair decision making that facilitates students learning to address the impact of their actions, true accountability, skill building, cooperation, and mutual understanding.(RTI) 2 day SFUSD Summer Workshop, June 2014
  • Teacher's College Summer Training in Reading Workshop July 2014
  • Teacher Leadership Training through SFUSD Humanities Dept.Implementation of the SFUSD ELA PK-12 Core Curriculum (CCSSembedde) and The Unit Planning Process: From Curriculum Maps to Unit Plans  2014-2015
  • Teacher Organizer of annual Read-A-Thon Fundraiser and Academic Event, 2012-2016
  • Participated in intensive yearlong "Literacy Learning Lab" with District Literacy Coach using Summative and Formative Assessments 2013-2014
  • Lead Organizer of School's Leveled Bookroom--fundraising, ordering, and maintaining of collection 2003-2016

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