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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 makeup 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.


Amber Yada, parent at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

Cobb was my first choice. It has a strong restorative practices culture. That was really important for me. My daughter is biracial. I wanted to make sure that her culture was understood and reflected in the school.


Teri Gee, Families and Youth in Transition Head Counselor

Having dropped out of high school and becoming homeless myself, I understand the struggles our homeless students face and want to give back. Years ago, I broke into a church. I was allowed to live there as a janitor while I pursued my counseling degrees. There are about 2,600 homeless children in our district. I make sure to give each student and family 110 percent. These students need support. They need compassion. They need a caring adult.


Apollo, 7th-grader at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School

In Robotics, we’re making a freight elevator. I’m really proud of that because my code is pretty good. I accomplished it early, and the build looks really nice too! Our school is like any school, except for the different classes we take. I like learning things that you wouldn’t learn at other middle schools, like robotics and app design. When I grow up, I want to be an engineer, a physical therapist, or a dialysis technician. I’m applying for internships at the California Academy of Sciences and the San Francisco Zoo. It’s going to look good on my resume.


Kania Tucker, Drama and Digital Media Teacher at Visitacion Valley Middle School

Visitacion Valley Middle School is a place where you can be yourself. The teachers really take their time to get to know their students. We create a curriculum that is interesting to the students and caters to their needs, wants and interests. We’re a family here. I felt welcomed since the beginning.


Tyrin, 6th-grader at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School

I’m proud that I learned coding in a short amount of time. Now I can do more stuff on the computer than I could before.


Justin, 7th-grader at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School

“My dad heard about Willie Brown Middle School. At that time, Willie Brown wasn’t even built. It was a metal structure. When I first went to see the school it was covered in plastic. I didn’t know much about it. But my dad said, ‘Willie Brown is going to be a new school, we should try it.’ It’s new -- why wouldn’t anyone want to try it? I listed it as my first choice. Now I’m going to be the first class to graduate -- that’s pretty good. I like that.”


Gabriel de la Cruz, teacher at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School

I hope that in the future my students are the ones becoming the mayors, doctors, policy writers, community leaders and organizers, and teachers. I’ll know I’ve been successful when I have a student who becomes the first Latino president, the first Filipino president, the first transgender president -- when my students are really pushing for these spaces and changing our society. In the short-term, I want my students to believe in themselves, go into higher learning, and use their skills to change society. To paraphrase Tupac: I might not create change, but I can spark the mind that’s going to create change.


Bakil, 12th-grader at Raoul Wallenberg High School

“For me, it’s about love and peace. Don’t fall into the trap of what the media is saying -- use your own judgement when listening to news. Not all Muslims are bad people. We have feelings and opinions just like any other person. It can be hard being a Muslim outside of Wallenberg, but when I’m here I feel accepted for who I am.”


Gerelt, 3rd-grader at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

I like math because it’s really fun and I’m good at it. I’ve been doing math since I was 3. My parents would write down problems and I’d fill them out. My favorite thing about learning is becoming smarter.


Aseel, 12th-grader at Raoul Wallenberg High School

When I’m outside of school, I feel like an outsider. But when I’m here, I feel like part of a family. My teachers and friends don’t treat me different because I’m Muslim. I have Muslim friends, but we’re not friends because we’re Muslim. We’re friends because we have common hobbies. I’m glad to have so many loving friends and teachers.