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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.


Patrick De Ocampo, sixth-grade math and computer science teacher, Visitacion Valley Middle School

My students are amazing. They push me to do better. I love it when my students who are now in high school or college come back to visit me. It makes my job as a teacher so fulfilling.


Susan Jassan, parent, Sanchez Elementary School

Sanchez Elementary School is like a family. It’s a very warm and nurturing environment. It’s a place where my son is challenged socially, academically, and in a socially conscious way. It’s also a place where parents can be as involved as they want to be. As a parent, I have felt needed and wanted -- that I’m not just a person in the crowd. This school makes each parent feel genuinely valued.


Jordan Chu, 11th-grader at Burton High School

Burton feels like a very small community. Coming from the perspective of class president, I’m friends with most of my classmates. We’re very close. When I came to Burton, I didn’t know what to expect. Now I have African American friends and Latino friends. There are different cultures that I can embrace and see. Burton’s hallways are very diverse.


Ana, sixth-grader at Visitacion Valley Middle School

When I grow up, I want to be a vet. One time I had over 20 animals at home! Mostly my mom took care of them, but I really love them. I also want to be a lawyer. I want people to have fair opportunities.


Savion, fourth-grader at Sanchez Elementary School

It’s important to be a student leader because when you become a leader, people look up to you. You want people to look at you and say, I remember that boy or girl from grade school and they really helped me.


Nico, twelfth-grader at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts

This is my advice for incoming students: Broaden your horizons! Just because you’re in theater or dance, don’t think you can’t write or you can’t sing. If you’re an actor and you want to dance, take dance classes! No one is stopping you. The more you know, the better you will be, and the more opportunities you will get in the future. Just try everything. Meet people, make friends. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.


Kory Eastland, Afterschool Program Leader at John Yehall Chin Elementary School

My story goes back to the second grade. When I first got to this school, I didn’t know how to read. I was really far behind the other students -- I felt completely out of place. Then in third grade, things started to turn around. My teacher helped me with reading and math, and I started to catch up with my class. I started to believe in myself. In 5th grade, I was asked to speak at graduation. I didn’t believe it at the time, but that’s what happened. I went from not knowing how to read to reading my graduation speech in front of everyone’s parents. That was a big moment for me. Now I am back at this school trying to help these kids. I’m trying to pay it back.


Lauren Christensen, fourth-grade Spanish bilingual teacher at Sanchez Elementary School

I think teaching is in my blood. My sister teaches at John O’Connell High and used to teach at Balboa High. My parents were both school psychologists. Before becoming a teacher, I was a tutor, a sports coach and an after school instructor - so I’ve always done something related to teaching. Those experiences added up for me, and I knew I wanted to be a teacher.


Guadalupe Espinoza, parent at Starr King Elementary School

Many people assume that only private schools offer intensive language learning programs. They are surprised to find out that my kids are learning Mandarin at SFUSD. My older daughter in fifth grade can write, read and speak Mandarin, and she wants to go to China one day to experience the culture.


Uvaldo (Beebee) Arreguin, special education teacher at Mission High School

I feel that I can contribute to students’ lives, and it makes me feel proud—I come from a very disadvantaged community, and I’m proud I overcame that and am now making a difference. The students and the staff at Mission High, they’re diverse. We represent many races, many communities, and we’re always striving to better our community. We have a great team. We represent the future and we want to be an example to the rest.