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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.


Fatima, 2017 graduate at Abraham Lincoln High School

I’d like to thank all of my teachers because they never gave up on me, even when I had my worst moments in freshmen year. I overcame a lot of obstacles throughout my four years at Lincoln. Even if someone says you can’t do it, if you put in the effort and you really want it, then you’ll graduate. I’m proud of myself because I made it through.


Jacky, student in the Step Up program for incoming 6th-graders at Herbert Hoover Middle School

I want to be a bus driver when I grow up. My vehicle will be a love bus with a mission to shuttle those who need help.
("我的志願是當一個巴士司機。我的車會是一輛愛心巴士,接載那些需要幫助的人。"- Hoover 中學學生 Jacky)


Anngela, 2017 graduate at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology High School

My advice for incoming freshmen is to be more involved in school. Join a lot of extracurricular activities. Join student government. That will really help you with your college application. Also, have fun! You have to balance your academics but try to have fun at the same time.


Zahir, 2017 graduate at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology High School

I came to this country two years ago speaking almost no English. My teachers and counselors at Galileo became my chosen family. Without them, I wouldn’t be in this country right now, not only graduating, but learning as much as I learned -- from language to culture to everything. I moved here for this moment, for this day. I owe this day to them.


Dr. Vincent Matthews, Superintendent

I used to think to myself that I’m superintendent at other places, but not at the place that raised me. The place that started my educational career as a student and an educator. It’s a dream come true to work here. This is the place I feel I owe so much to. Dr. George W. Carver Elementary School shaped my beliefs about education. All children can learn and want to learn and we as adults have the responsibility of making that happen. At the end of 12th grade, every student should have a choice to go to college or not. This district shaped who I am, and I want to come back and do the same thing for other kids this district has done for me.


Carmen Chen, SFUSD alumna and Medical Case Manager at the API Wellness Center

My first experience with learning about HIV was in first grade. My class went to a play that was about someone who was HIV positive and what it’s like to have it. I remember meeting the cast. Most of them were HIV positive. I high-fived them like, ‘Hey, you’re not so scary. You’re not going to pass on HIV because we just saw a play about it.’ It was so impactful. Now, 20-something years later, I work in the HIV field. I’m a medical case manager at a local nonprofit working with folks who are HIV positive and underserved in the LGBT community. To this day, I remember that play. It was my first time ever hearing about HIV.


Darin Atkins, Legal Assistant

“Before working in the legal department, I was a substitute teacher at various schools. Students in San Francisco come from a wide variety of backgrounds. SFUSD opens doors that students thought could never be opened.”


Robert, 11th-grader and basketball player at Mission High School

“Everybody is talking about our championship basketball team right now, but a lot of people don’t think about how hard it is to maintain grades and basketball at the same time. Our priorities are very hard. We have to maintain more than a 2.0 grade point average. That’s what we all focus on first. We’re always students first and athletes second.”


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.