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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.

01/25/18

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.

01/12/18

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.

01/08/18

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.

01/01/18

Ethan, fifth-grader at John Yehall Chin Elementary School

Being a fifth-grader, I feel proud of myself because I know that I’m the role model for everybody else. But I’m also kind of nervous because if I make a mistake, other people might follow me and also make a mistake. In five years I think I might be a nerdy kid, the one who is always reading and thinking about the things that other people normally don’t think of.

12/22/17

Clarence Williams Jr., parent at Starr King Elementary School

My son is in the Mandarin Immersion Program, and he loves it so much! I told every family and friend about the program and recommended that they enroll their kids. I hope my son can be a Mandarin teacher at SFUSD someday.

12/18/17

Cassondra Curiel, sixth-grade teacher at Visitacion Valley Middle School

One of my students was telling her mom how much she loved her class. During Back to School Night, the mother of this student was super excited to meet me. She ran up to me and said ‘I’ve heard so much about you!’ We called each other ‘BFFs’ and started taking tons of selfies. These are the moments I live for as a teacher.

12/08/17

Somer, 12th-grader at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

I’ve been playing the flute since I was nine. Playing the flute got me interested in engineering. I was always fascinated with how the buttons moved and why they moved in such a way. I want to become an engineer for a tech firm by day and a musician by night.

12/01/17

Hydra Mendoza, Board of Education Vice President

We are focused on providing services for our students of need and our students of color. We’re going to channel our resources into making sure each and every student receives the education we promised them when they enrolled in San Francisco Unified School District. This is how equity comes into play.

11/27/17

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

Everyone here is important to me. I always arrive at school earlier just to stand outside and watch the kids to make sure no one is harassing our kids or smoking around the playground. I’m here to protect the kids. Seeing the kids smiling every day makes my job worthwhile.

11/17/17

Steveen, Kindergarten student at Mission Education Center’s First Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for my school. I’m thankful for this food. I’m grateful for my mom.