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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.


Shana Jimenez, Student at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School

My dream is to become a dancer. I’m currently taking a jazz dance class at San Francisco State, and I’m teaching dance to kindergarten, second-, and third-graders at Guadalupe Elementary School. We’re dancing to music by artists like Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and The Jackson 5 and it’s really fun.


Selinda Medrano, 12th grader at June Jordan School for Equity

My school has shown me that I work well in small, collaborative environments. I’ve also gained a passion for equity and social justice. When I graduate, my plan is to major in Ethnic Studies and teach high school students.


Matthew Schwartz, School Social Worker at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

My favorite thing about this job is hanging out with the kids and building relationships with them. The staff here loves the kids and cares deeply about helping each child reach their full academic potential. You have to meet them where they’re at, have respect for them, listen to them and make it clear that you’re here because you care and want to support them.


Dorothy Clark, Parent at John Muir Elementary School

I knew I wanted to send my kids here because I attended this school when I was a child. I can see that the principal and staff still have the same love and care for the students that they did for me. My son is in fourth grade, but reading at a 9th-grade level. I attribute that to the excellent teachers he’s had. The community here really cares for one another. I know I’m biased, but even if I had my choice of any other school in the city, I would still choose Muir.


Evan Chan, 12th grader at Lowell High School

My education has been a well-rounded one. Not only have I been able to learn different subjects like English, math, science and history, but I’ve participated in performance arts like band and choir and even world languages like Mandarin. All the knowledge and different skills I’m able to pull from school have helped when applying to college and I will continue to use them throughout my life.


Cherise Kuresa, 6th grader at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School

When I grow up, I want to have two jobs. First, I want be a Case Manager like my mom because she helps other people get jobs. I admire her so much. My other job would be a teacher. Teachers really help students if they’re stuck on a problem. I really like to help people do their work and pass and get good grades.


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, a parent of an SFUSD student 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.