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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.


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.


Ana, 8th-grader at Visitacion Valley Middle School

I felt so nervous the first week of school because I was new. But then I started making friends, and my teachers helped me a lot. When they moved me to English general education classes, I felt so proud. My mom especially was so proud of me. If an English-learner is feeling nervous to go to a new school, this school is a good place to go because they can learn English fast, and they will have so many activities to help them.


Chanun, 11th-grader at The Academy

“San Francisco Unified is where I met my closest friends. My teachers and friends have been there for me since day 1. They’re constantly pushing me to do better. I’ve experienced many different cultures at The Academy. I love that my school is full of diversity. It’s quite a melting pot.”


Rico, 6th-grader at Visitacion Valley Middle School

My mom chose this school for me. My brothers and sisters went here. The first day I didn’t know anybody. But then my friends invited me to be their friend. Now I know half of the students here. It’s a fun, caring school. Students shouldn’t worry and be nervous about coming here because it will turn out good in the end.


Gennessis, 8th-grader at Visitacion Valley Middle School

I’ve been dealing with some problems lately and my counselor helps me out. I know I can count on her. I have a relationship with my counselor that I don’t have with anybody else. She is the best person I could have.


Jessica, 12th grader at Lowell High School and SFUSD Student Advisory Council student delegate

Social justice means everyone has the equal chance to succeed. SFUSD has a mission of providing all schools with an ethnic studies class so everyone can see their history, and succeed in the classroom. What’s important is having conversations, understanding where people are coming from, and not just basing that on stereotypes. People should learn about different cultures and try to change their mentality that way.


Melissa Collier, Family Liaison at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

“Cobb is filled with staff who care deeply about the students. They work hard for the students and love the work that they do. This place is quite a gem. The neighbors around the school love us and even help us trim our plants. We’re a family. Everybody does their part here.”