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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.


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.


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."


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.