In this year's Middle School coming and goings, we say farewell to two hugely impactful members of our SFFS faculty as they embark upon new adventures. We are also so excited to welcome longtime Lower School lead Amabelle to the Middle School team and a new member to our SFFS community.
Jenn Rothstein is completing her third year at SFFS as a Middle School humanities teacher. Jenn is well-known for her strong connections with students, her ability to lead meaningful discussions and her capacity as a leader of the 5th Grade team. Jenn’s ability to nurture the strengths of each student, and to manage what is good for the group, has been one of her greatest contributions to our school. Her work as an advocate for all students, her ability to make connections with colleagues, and her courage in challenging situations are all elements of her work that we will miss most. Jenn will be teaching at Prospect Sierra School next year, closer to her East Bay home. Prospect is lucky to have her, but we know that her contributions at SFFS will be felt for years to come.
Kelsey Barbella will officially be leaving the SFFS faculty after four years as our 5th Grade math teacher. Kelsey is a no-nonsense lover of math and children. A native of New Jersey, Kelsey immediately adapted to SFFS and helped students deepen their love of mathematical thinking, enhancing their capacity for group work and helping students become masters of the Morning Meeting. Kelsey also helped students take personal responsibility in the classroom and on the yard every day. Kelsey’s next projects take her beyond the realm of education and we wish her the best in her next projects! We miss you, Kelsey!
We welcome Phillip Brettschneider to the Middle School Humanities faculty. Phillip joins us after completing their Secondary Teaching Credential, English with ELD Certification at San Francisco State University and teaching humanities and math at St. John’s School in Glen Park. Phillip has extensive experience with the Quaker community, has attended the SF Quaker meetings, and has been a longtime volunteer at the Quaker food pantry. Phillip brings a range of language skills, a range of teaching experience, and a great sense of humor to the humanities classroom. We are excited to see them in the fall.