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"We Are SFUSD" shares real stories about our students, staff, leaders, and families with the community of San Francisco. Take a glimpse into the lives of the people who make up SFUSD, and learn how SFUSD core values to be student-centered, fearless, united, and to support social justice and diversity leads the work every day in our schools.


Miguel Cuellar, Custodian at McKinley Elementary School

I don’t just clean. I help teachers assemble furniture, I answer questions from parents about the school, and I support the after school program. I do whatever is needed because taking care of the needs of the kids and teachers is a priority for me. Everyone is so wonderful --the kids, the students and the parents. I love it here.


Genesis, 5th grader at Sanchez Elementary School

When I’m on a team, we always support each other by staying positive and saying things like ‘You can do it!’ It’s important to find the bright side of every situation. If I have teammates who aren’t being positive, I talk to them and get them to see the bright side.


Terence Li, Teacher at Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School

I was born and raised in San Francisco. I attended Jean Parker Elementary School, Francisco Middle School and Mission High School. A big part of why I wanted to become a teacher here is because I want to give back to the children of the same community that raised me.


Baje Thiara, Executive Director of School Strategy & Systemic Support

I support all of our schools with strategizing and developing efficiencies in our systems and structures. It’s important to me that we look through the lens of equity so that everything we do at Central Office has a positive impact on student learning and outcomes at the school site level.


Justin, 5th grader at John Muir Elementary School

I like a lot of subjects like math, reading and writing. I like math because everything is connected, like division and multiplication. I also love to read because you learn a lot from reading. And reading helps me with my writing. I like to write stories.


Shana Jimenez, Student at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School

My dream is to become a dancer. I’m currently taking a jazz dance class at San Francisco State, and I’m teaching dance to kindergarten, second-, and third-graders at Guadalupe Elementary School. We’re dancing to music by artists like Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and The Jackson 5 and it’s really fun.


Selinda Medrano, 12th grader at June Jordan School for Equity

My school has shown me that I work well in small, collaborative environments. I’ve also gained a passion for equity and social justice. When I graduate, my plan is to major in Ethnic Studies and teach high school students.


Matthew Schwartz, School Social Worker at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

My favorite thing about this job is hanging out with the kids and building relationships with them. The staff here loves the kids and cares deeply about helping each child reach their full academic potential. You have to meet them where they’re at, have respect for them, listen to them and make it clear that you’re here because you care and want to support them.


Dorothy Clark, Parent at John Muir Elementary School

I knew I wanted to send my kids here because I attended this school when I was a child. I can see that the principal and staff still have the same love and care for the students that they did for me. My son is in fourth grade, but reading at a 9th-grade level. I attribute that to the excellent teachers he’s had. The community here really cares for one another. I know I’m biased, but even if I had my choice of any other school in the city, I would still choose Muir.


Evan Chan, 12th grader at Lowell High School

My education has been a well-rounded one. Not only have I been able to learn different subjects like English, math, science and history, but I’ve participated in performance arts like band and choir and even world languages like Mandarin. All the knowledge and different skills I’m able to pull from school have helped when applying to college and I will continue to use them throughout my life.