DFES mascot Leo & Dr. Zaki with Friday prize cart
Dr. Salwa Zaki is the new principal of Dianne Feinstein Elementary School in San Francisco, California, nestled between the Sunset and Parkside communities. Her twenty-three years in education began in Fresno, CA, as a first grade teacher at Bethune Elementary. Dr. Zaki continued teaching in Las Vegas, and then was a principal there for ten years, culminating with the honor of opening Triggs Elementary School in 2010. During her years in Southern Nevada, she was also adjunct faculty in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She then served as Professional Learning Director for Washoe County School District in Reno, NV, from 2012-2019. Dr. Zaki is a co-founder and coordinator of Nevada Leads, a principal preparation collaborative between WCSD and the University of Nevada, Reno, where she continues as an adjunct professor. Dr. Zaki co-authored Latinas in the Workplace: An Emerging Leadership Force (Stylus, 2011). She earned both her doctorate and master’s degrees in Educational Leadership from UNLV, her teaching credential from CSUF, and her undergraduate degree from UCI. Dr. Zaki is the proud parent of two teenagers, one a freshman at UC San Diego, and the other a tenth grader in San Francisco. She and her family enjoy many outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, rock climbing, and tennis. Indoor favorites include the symphony and theater.