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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.


Cherise Kuresa, 6th grader at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School

When I grow up, I want to have two jobs. First, I want be a Case Manager like my mom because she helps other people get jobs. I admire her so much. My other job would be a teacher. Teachers really help students if they’re stuck on a problem. I really like to help people do their work and pass and get good grades.


Morgan Holland, Central School Social Worker for School Health Programs and Mentoring for Success

There is a tremendous amount of value in having a mentoring program within the district. We build connections between students and staff while also supporting their families. It’s important to me to care about their academic success, social-emotional development, and future growth. The mentoring program allows for this and provides a really clear and direct opportunity for adults to build caring relationships with young people.


Daniel Vigil, 12th grader at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

When I was younger, I began to really enjoy acting and getting into the head of a character. I’ve been doing theater since 2nd grade. SOTA theater students did outreach at my elementary school and I just fell in love with acting, the way production was put together and everything. At that point, I fell in love with this school and I wanted to go here ever since. It’s that deeply rooted.


Alba Akrabawi, Spanish Bilingual Computer Science Content Specialist at Leonard Flynn Elementary & Dolores Huerta Elementary Schools

I want to be the teacher that I wanted to have as a child. I want to be the teacher that students can relate to. As the first person in my family to go to college, I understand the difficulties my students are going through, and if I can give them another outlet, another option, for their career in the future, I’m all about it. If I can make it possible for them to be interested in and engaged in a career in STEM, that will possibly allow them to remain in the city where they were born and raised.


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, a parent of an SFUSD student 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.


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!"


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.


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.


Kyle - 10th grader, 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.


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.