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We Are SFUSD

"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.

01/03/17

Jordan, 11th-grader at Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School

Burton feels like a very small community. Coming from the perspective of class president, I’m friends with most of my classmates. We’re very close. When I came to Burton, I didn’t know what to expect. There’s different cultures that I can embrace and see. Burton’s hallways are very diverse.

12/27/16

Alex Snell, teacher at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

"You never know what your day will be like as a teacher. I love my kids whether they’re screaming at me or hugging me. I love that I’m making a difference in their lives. For me, teaching is about the difference that you’re making in kids’ lives."

12/16/16

Candy Lee, teacher at the Chinese Education Center (CEC), and SFUSD graduate who attended CEC

“In the morning, some of the kids smile -- they beam at you. They don’t speak a lot of English yet. But with their big smiles and them saying ‘good morning Ms. Candy’ -- I’m recharged instantly. I don’t even need my coffee. The job is very challenging, but the kids make it all worthwhile.”

12/09/16

Tommy, 11th-grader at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

Being confident in what I do and leaving my comfort zone has been my main goal, but it’s a constant struggle. If you’re always in that zone, you’re never going to accomplish anything. If you always want to be safe, you’re never going to have fun.

12/02/16

Nadia, kindergartner at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

I like school because we’re learning. I like to do projects. I like to color with Ms. Snell. We get to do jump rope. I get to play with my friends. I like school because of my best buddies.

11/23/16

Jeremy, 12th grader at Raoul Wallenberg High School

My 8th-grade English teacher saw that I was extremely passionate about film making so she incorporated it into her curriculum. My dream is to become a filmmaker. I’ve been doing it since I was in the 3rd grade, but this teacher really fueled my passion. She was really supportive of me. Whenever I get the chance, I try to incorporate film making into my classes and sports teams. She is the reason I’m still pursuing film making.

11/19/16

Maria, 12th grader at June Jordan School for Equity and SFUSD Student Advisory Council student delegate

I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I do know that I want to help my community because I’ve always done that. But I also have an interest in the tech and medical fields. I see the difference in the levels of impact. If it’s being a great doctor abroad going from country to country -- I’ll be happy with that. If it’s working in community organizing helping the people of San Francisco, I’ll be happy. Every student has the capacity to become a true leader. It just takes time.

11/13/16

Yonas, 11th grader at George Washington High School and SFUSD Student Advisory Council member

When I hear ‘social justice,’ I think of the wealth gap. I think of equality. Social justice means everybody is equal. There is no privilege. We all start from zero and work our way up.

11/04/16

Joerg Herrmann, Rosa Parks Elementary School parent

We are like a family. The school is small enough where you know each other. And we like the cultural programs - especially the Japanese activities throughout the year.

10/28/16

Judy O’Keefe, Administrative Assistant (Superintendent’s Office)

I focus on having a positive attitude so I can set the tone and climate here. Staying in control and focused each day makes my job much easier. I believe it starts with me.