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Alberta Neilson

One of the greatest things about SFS is the close-knit, creative community that represents so much that is diverse about our city.

I grew up as the fourth of five children in Devon, Pennsylvania. Four of the five of us have had careers in education, and three of us have had lifelong careers in education. I attended college at Kenyon College where I majored in Art History with a concentration in Studio Art. After college I worked to save money for travel. It was this experience that led me to move to San Francisco. I told my mother I’d be back in half a year. After marrying a native San Franciscan, and raising three school-aged San Franciscans, I have now lived over half of my life in San Francisco. 

My husband and I both work in education and the majority of my school experience has been teaching in classrooms in independent schools. I earned my K-8 teaching credential from USF. Most recently I earned a master’s degree in educational psychology and worked as a school psychologist in Alameda and Daly City school districts. Living in San Francisco means I can run, ride my bike, and go camping outside all year long. I also love to cook, knit, sew and hang out with my kids.