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We Are SFUSD

Nicole Majors

I’ve wanted to teach since I was in high school. It’s something I’ve always loved doing. Getting to be part of the growth of these students is amazing. I love working with the kids and community at Glen Park.

Nicole Majors

-Nicole Majors, Glen Park Elementary special education teacher

Kimberly Long

I get emails and save all the cards that students have written to me. Building relationships builds community and makes society better and stronger.

Kimberly Long

-Kimberly Long, Special Education teacher at Glen Park Elementary

Theresa Bryant

I get to know the families and they love me and tell me I’m their auntie. I love working with the kids, they’re my life. They are our future. I could retire but I’m not going to retire. As long as babies are being born, I want to work with them.

Theresa Bryant

-Theresa Bryant, Special Education Paraprofessional at Malcolm X Academy

Codion Isom Mr. C

My favorite thing about being a SFUSD teacher is the diversity. I get to meet with so many people and collaborate with so many people across the district. These students and families really remind me of myself when I was younger and that's what makes Malcolm X special.

Codion Isom

Kindergarten Teacher, Malcolm X Academy

Amy Matarazzo photo

I love teaching PE because the kids just run here. This is the best part of their day. You get to be the ambassador of fun and what’s so beautiful about teaching PE is it’s social-emotional, it’s physical, it’s cognitive. There’s so much that you can do to really access and develop those parts of a student's whole experience.

Amy Matarazzo

Physical Education Teacher, Miraloma Elementary School

Moyses Aguirre, 10th grader at Abraham Lincoln High School

I think saving the environment is important to our future and something I want to be involved in.

Moyses Aguirre

10th Grade, Abraham Lincoln High School

Marina Krauss, Naturalist at SFUSD Environmental Science Center

I really love seeing the ‘a-ha’ moments with the kids as they’re connecting things they’re learning or have seen before when I share knowledge about different plants and animals.

Marina Krauss

Naturalist, SFUSD Environmental Science Center

Megumi Matsuno, SFUSD Alum poses in front of Rosa Parks Elementary School

It’s always a trip down memory lane coming back to the schools, going into classrooms, and meeting with the teachers and staff.

Megumi Matsuno

SFUSD Alum (Rosa Parks Elementary, Presidio Middle, Washington High)

Andre Higginbotham and Nicole Warner, Teacher and Program Liaison for the Beginning Riders and Aspiring Professionals Program, June Jordan School for Equity

We’re trying to get kids out of their comfort zone and have some fun while staying safe.

Andre Higginbotham and Nicole Warner

Teacher and Program Liaison for the Beginning Riders and Aspiring Professionals Program, June Jordan School for Equity

Daniel Alvarez DeLeon, John O'Connell HS Class of 2023 Alum

Learning both Spanish and English helped me understand who I am as a Hispanic person born in the US, and it helped me grow more as a student.

Daniel Alvarez Deleon

Class of 2023 and State Seal of Biliteracy Earner, John O’Connell High School

Karen Tiu, Teacher on Special Assignment, Elementary Health Education, Student and Family Services Division

I help students teach each other about taking care of themselves and their wellness.

Karen Tiu

Teacher on Special Assignment, Elementary Health Education, Student and Family Services Division

Liam Meisel, Soccer Coach at James Lick Middle School

I grew up in the Mission and with the James Lick community, and there’s a big sense of pride that I’m able to give back to the community that helped raise me.

Liam Meisel

Soccer Coach, James Lick Middle School

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

This page was last updated on June 27, 2022