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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


Monday, May 11th

Hearing Screening for 1st and 2nd Grade

Board Meeting at the District Office 6:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 20th

Parent Teacher Organization Meeting 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Friday, May 22nd

All School Musical Celebration 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m

Monday, May 25th

Memorial Day--No School

Thursday, May 28th

Minimum Day Dismissal at 12:05

Open House 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Posted by: Pepe Gonzalez
Published: 5/8/15

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Short Elementary

 35 Marin St

San Rafael, CA 94901

415-485-3793 - Telephone

415-721-1055 - Fax


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