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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Chad Slife, Principal at Cobb, Dr. William L. Elementary School

In just over a year, we have greatly shifted the reputation of our school. In fact, recently I was coming back to school from an all-day meeting and after parking my car, this couple comes over with their baby in a stroller and says ‘Hi! Do you have a second? You must be the principal. We’ve heard great things about you and your school and we’d love to check it out.’ It’s great when those in the neighborhood want to come to our school.


Viva Mogi, Manager, City Government Liaison and School Partnerships

I see our assistant superintendents, directors and principals working day and night. They are available on-site around 7:30 in the morning, and they will be the ones locking up the door at night. And this is not just a regular 10-hour workday -- it’s interacting with kids all day, parents all day, teachers all day, and dealing with crises that exist outside of education. I really work with the hardest working people. They inspire me.


Le’joi, 5th-grade student at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

I want to be the president. I want to be a president that dances, does gymnastics, and plays dodgeball. I want to go to Stanford or Spelman College. I picked Stanford because the American Girl doll store is close by.


Donna Chan, Playworks Coordinator at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

I’m here every single day. I’m in charge of all the recesses, junior coaches, and leagues. My main focus this year is play - just having kids play. And teaching teachers how to play games so they can play with them as well. Some kids don’t know how to play in an organized game because they learned how to play from friends. Since I’m here, I can teach them how to play, help them share the ball and work together as a team. Honestly, it’s the best thing I could ask for to be around the kids, having a connection with them and their family, and letting the family know that they’re doing a great job. I wake up an hour early just to come here to hang out with the kids.


Diego, 4th-grade student at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

I’ve been going here since 2nd grade. I like to learn math - I love math. Social studies. Science, learning about the solar system. I like reading books, mostly chapter books. I’m reading the Harry Potter series. My favorite memory of school is field trips, going to the Academy of Science. It has some pretty cool stuff.


Aumornai Edinburgh, health teacher at Willie L. Brown Middle School

Even in second grade, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. My mom is a special education teacher so I've been in the classroom since I was 5. That was my summer program. Some kids go to the YMCA, I went to my mom’s summer school class. Growing up around kids with disabilities - they communicate - they just may not always use their voice. My mom was really good at giving them a voice and understanding that kids communicate in different ways. I think I took that and understood that early on. As I got older, I realized I really love kids and I want to do the same for them - giving them a voice. That’s why I work in this neighborhood, and communities very similar to this, because I feel like these kids often times their voice isn’t heard.