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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.

05/15/18

Daniel Stone, Social Science Teacher, Thurgood Marshall High School

I think teaching newcomer students makes me a better teacher. For example, I can’t be talking the whole time. I have to listen, respond, and pay close attention to my students to make sure they are getting what they need to improve their English and understand the content. It makes me more patient and focused as a teacher. Also, the progress they make might seem small at the time, but when my students come up to me and we're having a full-on conversation in English because I’ve taught them for three years, it's an amazing and very powerful feeling.

04/19/18

Nolberto Camarena, Instructional Coach, SFUSD

Too often our students are told in schools to just comply. Project-based learning flips that by teaching kids how to think for themselves, how to problem solve for themselves, how to own their learning and take it in new directions. I want students to think of school as a place where learning doesn't happen unless they are there asking tough questions of themselves and their context, a place where they can own the process and the outcomes. When these things are happening, change begins to move from possible to probable.

04/06/18

Malea Mouton-Fuentes, Assistant Principal at Willie Brown Middle School

It’s my life’s mission to work with students and communities of color who have been overlooked and underrepresented. And what we’re trying to do at Willie Brown is to give students exposure and access to curriculum and resources that will open doors. Having grown up in this neighborhood, I feel like this mission is critical to who I am and to my beliefs.

03/23/18

Guadalupe Bravo, second-grade Spanish biliteracy teacher, Sanchez Elementary School

I come to school every day with an open mind of how my students might learn. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, all of sudden something shifts in their mind -- it’s like a light switch turned on -- and OK! We got where we needed to be. Awesome! What do we do next?

03/16/18

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.

03/12/18

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.

03/05/18

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.

02/26/18

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.

02/20/18

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.

02/14/18

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.