My name is Erin Felix and I am proud to be the principal of Beresford Elementary School. An introduction to me and my educational philosophy starts with a history of my family. My paternal grandmother was an a public elementary school principal in a suburb of Denver, Colorado and my father shares stories of her walking the halls, greeting each of her students by first and last name. My maternal grandfather served on the school board of Vallejo City public schools and paved the way for his daughter, my mother, to enter into educational policy work and leadership in many school districts in the Bay Area. I was raised to believe that a community public schools can have the power to educate, support and connect families. Schools are the foundation for a community and the way a child feels in a school can determine their future success.
I have known I wanted to work in schools my entire life. After I left UC Davis, I moved to New York to attend Bank Street School of Education to get my middle school teaching credential and a Masters in Education. My experience in the New York City public school system helped to build my passion to teach a diverse population of learners. I came to fully understand how a school that celebrates and lifts up multiple languages, cultures and experiences, creates an environment where children feel connected and find academic success. I then moved back to the Bay Area and have worked in the San Mateo Foster City School District for 19 years. I have had the privilege of being a classroom teacher, magnet school program coordinator, TOSA for Language and Literacy support, Assistant Principal and I am now in my third year as the principal of Beresford Elementary School.
Beresford is an amazing community of staff, students and families who seek to build trusting relationships and create a joyful learning experience for our young learners. I am excited to start this school year and to see all of you on August 11th!