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Vanessa Flynn -- Principal

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Vanessa Flynn's passion for working with families and teachers and a love for school-life have brought her to Short School.  She enjoys her principalship in this dynamic community, which is staffed by collaborative and effective teaching professionals and attended by wonderfully curious children with a high capacity to achieve, think critically, and act creatively.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Flynn worked as an elementary school teacher and instructional coach for twelve years in Oakland Unified School District.  Then, she was admitted to New Leaders, where she was a fellow of leadership and administration.

As a New Leaders fellow at Lighthouse Community Charter School, she was a resident principal, co-leading the kindergarten through eighth grade instructional program. This instructional leadership resulted in significant gains in student achievement at LHCC.

Thus, she was inspired to develop Read Think Apply, a comprehensive framework of literacy instruction that focuses on standards, differentiation, critical thinking, literacy, and content integration.  

In conjunction with coaching in instructional approaches, Ms. Flynn has worked with principals and teachers to develop leadership effectiveness.  These aims have moved schools toward becoming high-functioning organizations.  She brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the Short School community.

Important Upcoming Dates


Friday, December 19th 

Last Day of School before Winter Break 

School will end at the regular time Kindergarten 1:35, First-Third Grades 3:05 


Tuesday, January 6th

Students return to school from Winter Break


Friday, January 9th

Report Cards are sent home 


Monday, January 19th

No School Martin Luther King Day


Thursday, January 22nd 5:30 to 7:00 

Family Night

Posted by: Pepe Gonzalez
Published: 12/8/14

School Standards


1.- Show Respect

2.- Make Good Decisions

3.- Solve Problems

Short Elementary

 35 Marin St

San Rafael, CA 94901

415-485-3793 - Telephone

415-721-1055 - Fax


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