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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.


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.


Shamann Walton, Board of Education President

Having an African-American superintendent is very important for the district. As we look to make sure we are providing support for our Latino and African American students who suffer from the biggest achievement gaps in the district, we have to make sure our leaders look like them. I want all of our kids to see that they can be superintendent. There are challenges to being a minority, but our job is to give everyone a quality education so our society can be better as a whole.


Eyad Abdel-Khaleq, teacher at Sanchez Elementary School

I knew early on that I wanted to teach. In middle school I was a tutor. In college, I found a really great program at San Francisco State University called Jump Start that paired me with preschool kids. From there, I fell in love with teaching early literacy and math. During my teacher preparatory program, I found out that teaching elementary school students was my calling. It’s my passion.


Matt Haney, Board of Education Commissioner

Our school district is made up of brilliant young people and committed educators who are striving to build a brighter and more just future for our city and our world. They’re up against incredibly difficult odds and barriers and still find tremendous success.


Ann Marin, principal at Sanchez Elementary School

The thing that attracted me to Sanchez Elementary School is the level of collaboration. To make a classroom successful, we work together as a community. Teachers, cafeteria and social workers work with me to make that happen. It’s a team-based approach.


Addy, 7th-grader at Willie Brown Middle School

I’m interested in science, so I chose Willie Brown Middle School. I like to tinker with old cell phones and take apart old radios and machines. At school now I build robots. Right now, we’re building a mini elevator. I’m a builder, but I’ve never built anything like this before.


Charleston Brown, principal at Willie Brown Middle School

I’ve always wanted to work in a traditional public school. I started as a counselor. That’s a different perspective because most principals were either English or history teachers. I decided to be a counselor so I could support students going to college. I wanted to be that face between the school, the family and the student to support them in their next journey.


Daniela, former Sanchez Elementary student, currently a 6th-grader at Everett Middle School

Something that I learned at Sanchez is to be an ally. If you see somebody getting bullied, help them. Being respectful, responsible, safe and kind is our school motto. That’s what they taught us here.


Victor, Superintendent’s 21st Century Scholarship award winner and 2017 graduate at Lowell High School

You should always try to take challenging classes and explore what you haven’t learned before. In my AP Government and Politics class, I had to learn how to understand and accept opposing views. I had to listen to what the other side had to say.


Linore, 2017 graduate at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Galileo has College and Technical Education Academies. I was in the health academy. We took college courses, like Medical Terminology, so I earned college units. We also had an ambulance at our school. We got to see what was inside and learn about it. Not many schools have a program like this.