Ms. Eliza Gee has worked within the San Francisco Unified School District since 2002. Previously within SFUSD, she taught Physical Education for two years, third grade for three years, fifth grade for three years, first grade for six years, and mentored beginning and intern teachers full time for one year.
Eliza has been involved in numerous school activities ranging from coordinating the school’s participation in the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year parade and City Hall celebration, to partnering with Galileo High School’s Introduction to Programming class in creating innovative fifth grade computer games, a collaboration project that won the Rambus-KCI Innovation Award in 2010. But she mostly enjoys the many learning opportunities that occur with her students, in and outside of the classroom.
“I love challenging my students to learn outside of the textbook. I want my students to be responsible for their own learning and to be the one in charge, and to believe in themselves – that they can and will learn.”
Outside of teaching in the classroom, Eliza is a Teacher Consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) with UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, providing various professional development teacher workshops and teaching at their summer Young Writers and Digital Storytelling Camp; a teacher and scientist co-teaching participant with UCSF’s Science and Health Education Partnership; a guest lecturer in curriculum development with the University of San Francisco; a teacher representative for DonorsChoose.org; has taught English in Mainland China and Hong Kong; and has directed various children’s programs and led children’s programming workshops for The Salvation Army in Hawaii, Massachusetts, Pacific Islands, and California. She has served on the Board of Directors with the San Francisco Chinatown YMCA, The Association of Chinese Teachers (TACT) and The Salvation Army.
Eliza is a product of the San Francisco Unified School District. She went to Grattan Elementary School, Herbert Hoover Middle School, and Lowell High School. She graduated from San Francisco State University with her Bachelors Degree, and Masters of Arts in Elementary Education and Educational Administration.