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2019 We Are SFUSD Archive

"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 makeup 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.


Morgan Holland, Central School Social Worker for School Health Programs and Mentoring for Success

There is a tremendous amount of value in having a mentoring program within the district. We build connections between students and staff while also supporting their families. It’s important to me to care about their academic success, social-emotional development, and future growth. The mentoring program allows for this and provides a really clear and direct opportunity for adults to build caring relationships with young people.


Daniel Vigil, 12th grader at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

When I was younger, I began to really enjoy acting and getting into the head of a character. I’ve been doing theater since 2nd grade. SOTA theater students did outreach at my elementary school and I just fell in love with acting, the way production was put together and everything. At that point, I fell in love with this school and I wanted to go here ever since. It’s that deeply rooted.


Alba Akrabawi, Spanish Bilingual Computer Science Content Specialist at Leonard Flynn Elementary & Dolores Huerta Elementary Schools

I want to be the teacher that I wanted to have as a child. I want to be the teacher that students can relate to. As the first person in my family to go to college, I understand the difficulties my students are going through, and if I can give them another outlet, another option, for their career in the future, I’m all about it. If I can make it possible for them to be interested in and engaged in a career in STEM, that will possibly allow them to remain in the city where they were born and raised.


Dr. E’leva Hughes Gibson, Director - Cohort 5

Being a product of SFUSD, a native San Franciscan, a former teacher, a former school site leader and now a Central Office administrator has allowed me to have varying perspectives in how to best support student achievement and cultivate school community. My role is important because I help principals be innovative in how they lead their schools in order to change the outcomes for children.