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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.

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Short Elementary
San Rafael, CA

Short Elementary students have been hard at work lately! Planting in their school habitat garden, implementing zero waste practices on campus, and assisting with watershed restoration tasks at a nearby creek. In addition, their lead teacher has been actively incorporating the arts into their stewardship efforts; including a Trash to Treasure art project, a portable mural, and a letter writing campaign to help inform parents of the 5R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot! Excellent work, Short Elementary! 

Short School Featured in Be GLAD Newsletter

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BE GLAD™                                 August 2015 



Demonstration Site


                Short Elementary School in San Rafael, California has been getting some intensive BE GLAD support for the past few years.  They have a collection of amazing teachers and administrator. This has all culminated into powerful instruction.  The majority of their staff are either BE GLAD Certified Agency Trainers (CAT), Trainers-in-Training (TnT), or gladiators.  They have extremely high implementation of BE GLAD strategies (as their data shows, see below).


                 We had the honor of having Marcia Brechtel conduct a walk-thru to showcase some of their amazing work.  In the coming issues, we will be showcasing more of their methods they used to get to this level of success.  We will also be showcasing other BE GLAD Distinguished Sites, look on our social media for more pictures of their and other classrooms and instructional materials.


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TOOLBOX is a Kindergarten through 6th grade program that supports children in understanding and managing their own emotional, social, and academic success. 


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Short Elementary

 35 Marin St

San Rafael, CA 94901

415-485-3793 - Telephone

415-721-1055 - Fax


Vanesa Flynn, Principal  



Maria De Luna

Administrative assistant 



Roxana Cruz

Comunity Liason/ Librarian 


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