Daniela Funes, counselor at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School

I appreciate the small community here at Thurgood Marshall and getting to know everyone really well. We are like a family and we all love each other.

Daniela Funes

Counselor, Thurgood Marshall Academic High School

Leonard Gant, 7th grade math teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

It’s important to me to be a Black male teacher in a school with lots of Black and Brown kids, so there’s a certain way I carry myself.

Leonard Gant

7th Grade Math Teacher, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

Brian Chang, PE teacher at Roosevelt Middle School

I love seeing the kids progress, get better at their skills, and find things to enjoy that will keep them physically active throughout their lifetimes.

Brian Chang

PE Teacher, Roosevelt Middle School

Benjamin Amezcua, 3rd grade Spanish dual immersion teacher at Monroe Elementary School

By setting an example of hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude, I hope to encourage my students to become the best versions of themselves and to pursue their passions with confidence and enthusiasm.

Benjamin Amezcua

3rd Grade Spanish Dual Immersion Teacher, Monroe Elementary School

Margaret Pai with her students’ artwork at the de Young at the 2023 Citywide Youth Arts Festival

I’ve had chance meetings with multiple former Hoover students, who as adults have told me how much they appreciated their middle school art classes and how it gave them an outlet to be creative and a way to express themselves.

Margaret Pai

Art Teacher, Herbert Hoover Middle School

Sydney Dow, a 4th grade teacher at George Washington Carver Elementary School

Having a community that stands up for you and really has your back has been the best part of being part of the village.

Sydney Dow

4th Grade Teacher, Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School

Marc Bayangos, Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) teacher at Balboa High School

What I love is seeing students take their skills to other places that I could not foresee, and learning from them.

Marc Bayangos

Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) Teacher, Balboa High School

Chris Tsukida, Director of Community Schools at SFUSD

My hope is to lift the capacity of schools so that we can further support the needs of our community based on what they want to see in schools.

Chris Tsukida

Director of Community Schools

Grace Liao, 12th grader at Lincoln High School

I help out at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary, where I went to elementary school, and I love giving back to my community and helping the kids grow.

Grace Liao

12th Grade, Abraham Lincoln High School

Kena Hazelwood, SFUSD LGBTQ Student Services Coordinator

I am creating the programs that I wish existed when I was a student in SFUSD.

Kena Hazelwood

LGBTQ Student Services Coordinator

Kingsley Yee, Personal Finance Specialist at SFUSD

This is a really great time to make sure our students are ready to be adults with personal finance education to help them make the right decisions.

Kingsley Yee

SFUSD Personal Finance Specialist

John D'Antonio, Assistant Principal at Visitacion Valley Middle School

Everyone from teachers, community partners, paraeducators, and our security team are willing and able to do what is necessary to support our kids and get their basic needs met.

John D’Antonio

Assistant Principal, Visitacion Valley Middle School

Abby Taheri Woodworth, Teacher Librarian at McKinley Elementary School

My favorite part of my work is seeing how incredibly excited students get about the library, reading, finding out new things, and thinking critically.

Abby Taheri Woodworth

Teacher Librarian, McKinley Elementary School

Kosi Anibuko, 8th grader at Alice Fong Yu Alternative School at the African American Honor Roll and Community Awards Celebration

I want to tell my peers to not give up on their goals. It’ll be worth it in the end to work hard now.

Kosi Anibuko

8th Grader and 4.0 Student, Alice Fong Yu Alternative School

Julian Ow, kindergartener at Garfield Elementary School

I like playing in the school yard, my classroom, doing art with my teacher, and learning about space.

Julian Ow

Kindergarten, Garfield Elementary School

Amy Kwong, an SFUSD alum

My elementary school teachers at Lau influenced me to want to work with children. I’m glad I get to go back to the school and volunteer.

Amy Kwong

Lau, Francisco, and Galileo Alum

Kharey Riley, Student Advisor at Redding Elementary School

Working at a school is a family business and I’m with a group of people who love being here.

Kharey Riley

Student Advisor, Redding Elementary School

Rosalia Lopez, Teacher on Special Assignment teaching ninth grade health at George Washington High School

Ninth graders are very special humans who have taught me so much about being organized, structured and the importance of having a healthy sense of humor.

Rosalia Lopez

Teacher on Special Assignment teaching ninth grade health at George Washington High School

Karimah Arnold, HR Staffing Analyst at SFUSD

As an SFUSD student, I was lucky enough to have brilliant teachers who provided me with the foundation for my career and now as a recruiter, I am able to make sure teachers like them can continue to teach in SFUSD.

Karimah Arnold

HR Staffing Analyst

Nancy Lima, SFUSD substitute and parent of a 1st grade Bilingual Spanish class student at Spring Valley Elementary

It’s so important for me, especially as an immigrant, for my daughter to go to school in San Francisco where there is so much diversity.

Nancy Lima

SFUSD substitute and parent of a 1st grade Bilingual Spanish class student at Spring Valley Elementary

Crystal White, secretary at George Washington Carver Elementary School

I was born and raised around the corner from Carver. My children attended Carver, and for the past 16 years I have worked there where I take care of the students and staff. I love all of it.

Crystal White

Secretary, George Washington Carver Elementary School

Erica Wong, a third grade teacher at Redding Elementary School

I was a student at Spring Valley, so it’s nice to come back to the community where I grew up and learn from the families that are now here.

Erica Wong

3rd Grade Teacher, Redding Elementary School

Katie Baillie, head counselor at Wallenberg High School

We are able to build relationships with students at such a crucial time in their lives where they need guidance and support to step into their futures.

Katie Baillie

Head Counselor, Raoul Wallenberg High School

Gilberto SilvaCortes, 12th grader at Mission High School

Learning a new language is about connecting people.

Gilberto SilvaCortes

12th Grade, Mission High School

This page was last updated on June 27, 2022