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

Shwanda Madison, Leader for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Invitae & SFUSD alumnae

San Francisco public schools taught me how to carve out my own piece of the tech boom - Kids should know: I can do this and I don't have to change...I can show up wholeheartedly.

Rayshawnda Madison

Leader for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Invitae and SFUSD Alumnae (Carver Elementary and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle)

Josiah Tom, 12th grade student at Lincoln High School

I grew up surrounded by teachers, but doing my internship at Stevenson Elementary made me want to be a teacher - I liked how much I could learn from kids, grow patience with them, and see them grow as people.

Josiah Tom

12th Grade, Lincoln High School

Sara Liebert, Principal at John Muir Elementary School

One of the reasons I’ve been at Muir for 13 years is that the community really cares for each other and has a positive energy.

Sara Liebert

Principal, John Muir Community Elementary School

Aaron Washington, an SFUSD alum

The best part about going to school in SFUSD was meeting people of so many different cultures and experiencing diversity in the classroom.

Aaron Washington

SFUSD Alum (El Dorado ES, Visitacion Valley MS, Balboa HS)

Galileo student Nancy Galicia posing at her summer construction class at John O'Connell High School

I really like math and decided to take both Geometry and Algebra II in the same year, which has helped me practice how to multi-task.

Nancy Galicia

11th Grade, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Joanne Yen, SFUSD Class of 2022 Alum

My experiences in high school fueled my passion to support others and helped me discover potential career paths aligning with community empowerment.

Joanne Yen

Class of 2022, Abraham Lincoln High School

Tashi Gotlieb, SFUSD Class of 2022 Alum

Being a part of a unique and inclusive cohort challenged me to aim for the stars within the classroom while always practicing self-introspection.

Tashi Gotlieb

Class of 2022, Lowell High School

Un Ieng Sit, SFUSD Class of 2022 Alum

My teachers and counselors have been great resources for me to get support and keep track of my progress.

Un Ieng Sit

Class of 2022, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Jazmine Guzman, SFUSD Class of 2022 Alum

SFUSD helped me strengthen my leadership, collaboration, and empathy skills. As a student representative, I improved my dedication, persistence, and advocacy.

Jazmine Guzman

Class of 2022, John O'Connell High School

Carlos Huang, SFUSD Class of 2022 Alum

Thanks to my American Democracy class, I can see myself getting more involved in the changes of a better San Francisco because the existing issues require the voices and engagement of everyone.

Carlos Huang

Class of 2022, Balboa High School

Zainab Wisniewski, SFUSD Class of 2022 Alum

As a result of all the experiences navigating my high school education, I have gained leadership experience and learned to have empathy for others.

Zainab Wisniewski

Class of 2022, San Francisco International High School

Mandeep Sethi, music teacher at June Jordan School for Equity posing with DJ turntables

I love learning about my students’ art and creativity, and sharing a sacred space together and building creative energy off of each other.

Mandeep Sethi

Music Teacher, June Jordan School for Equity

Mariano Tabios, SFUSD parent and alum

When I was an SFUSD student I knew that my teachers cared about me, and now I feel that all my daughters’ teachers care about them.

Mariano Tabios

SFUSD Alumnus and Stevenson Elementary and AP Giannini Middle School Parent

Sarah Bayer, a garden teacher at George Peabody Elementary School, stands in the school garden

I really love that I am able to witness children connecting with and caring for the environment at such a young age.

Sarah Bayer

Garden Educator, George Peabody Elementary School

This page was last updated on June 27, 2022