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We Are SFUSD

"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.

01/11/19

Dr. E’leva Hughes Gibson, Director - Cohort 5

Being a product of SFUSD, a native San Franciscan, a former teacher, a former school site leader and now a Central Office administrator has allowed me to have varying perspectives in how to best support student achievement and cultivate school community. My role is important because I help principals be innovative in how they lead their schools in order to change the outcomes for children.

12/14/18

Miles Choi, Kindergartner at Clarendon Alternative School

"I like to go to school because I can do something that I've never done before. My teacher does stuff with us like work and play bingo. I like to read and look at books!"

12/06/18

Matthew Young, Special Needs Paraprofessional at John Yehall Chin Elementary School

“I think it’s important to teach my students how to use the right tools in school that will benefit them in the future. I want to hear stories of the kids that I’ve worked with that they have a job, a home, and that they’re surviving and contributing to society. When they accomplish something in class, you see their eyes light up and you know that you’re a part of that. All the kids are like clay. We’re here molding them into somebody big, somebody special. That’s what makes me come to school. It’s exciting and it’s rewarding.

11/29/18

Landon Dickey, Special Assistant to the Superintendent for African American Achievement and Leadership

We have an obligation as a school district to ensure that each and every one of our students has access to a high quality educational experience. I believe that to truly live up to the mission of our district, we have to put in place intentional work to support African American students and families, and we have to be unapologetic about doing so.

11/13/18

Kyle - 10th grade, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

My friend Grace and I started a student-led environmental club and it really took off. The first year we had 12 students, this year we have 40. When we started engaging students, the most common misconception I found was that students feel they don’t have power. In the environmental club, we’re finding that if we set our minds to something, if we have a positive goal in mind, we can make a difference.

10/26/18

Mahnoor Wani, 11th grader at Raoul Wallenberg High School

I came here four years ago from Pakistan and my teachers have been helping me prepare for college. I want to study pre-med or biology. My plan is to become a neurosurgeon. There’s a lot of stigma surrounding mental health. I started a club called Bring Change to Mind, which is a mental health awareness club. I had my first meeting today.

10/10/18

Kaelynjoy, Kindergartner at Malcolm X Academy

I love my friends, I love my school and I even love gymnastics! I get to do homework. I love homework. The thing I love most is everyone at this school!

09/27/18

Sydnie Lee, Alumni of Galileo High School Class of 2010

I grew a lot at Galileo. Participating in sports and student government gave me more confidence to take on anything after I graduated.

09/19/18

Eric Guthertz, Principal at Mission High School

For me, it always goes back to the students. I’ve been here for a long time--18 years--as a teacher, a counselor, instructional coach and then principal for the last 11 years. Every single day when I get up, it’s about the kids. They’re funny, they’re smart, they’re deep, they’re thoughtful, and they see the world in ways that I could never imagine. For me, there’s no question that hanging out with teenagers all day is really the best thing in the world.

09/06/18

Aisha Owens, Legislative Secretary for the Legal Department

Our department works for both the employees and the students. If there’s an equity issue, students have someone who they can go to for support. Or if it’s a labor issue, our employees have somewhere they can go. It gives me comfort to know that if our students don’t feel safe or supported, we are here for them. That’s what we do. It’s really important for our students and our community to know that we exist.