Geraldine Punzalan, a school social worker at James Denman Middle School

I try to end the stigma of talking about mental health and wellness by normalizing those conversations - that’s my way of talking to our youth.

Geraldine Punzalan

School Social Worker, James Denman Middle School

Joyce Truong, an alum from Lincoln High School

Wellness Ambassadors is a group of students focusing on supporting our peers’ wellness. Last year we created videos for the school and district addressing social justice issues.

Joyce Truong

Alum (Class of 2021), Abraham Lincoln High School

George Ghanayem, a student at Mission High School

I joined Foodwise Teens because I wanted to learn how to cook, learn customer service skills, and get better with socializing with others.

George Ghanayem

Student, Mission High School

Gary W. Johnson, Athletic Director at Wallenberg High School stands in front of trophy case at school

I’m glad to be part of a school where our students exhibit excellence and pride in what they do.

Gary W. Johnson

Athletic Director, Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School

Marcus Christmas, Wellness Coordinator at John O'Connell High School

"I want to meet students where they see themselves and build from there with each student who I encounter."

Marcus Christmas

Wellness Coordinator, John O'Connell High School

Image of Ben Klaus, Principal at Jose Ortega Elementary School

We are excited to help students rebuild the relationship they have with school from the home context and back to the community of a school learner’s context.

Ben Klaus

Principal, Jose Ortega Elementary School

Headshot of Courtney LaKroix, an SFUSD staff member

My role involves serving as a thought partner and collaborator with teachers and staff with the goal of improving our school's outcomes for students.

Courtney LaKroix

Instructional Reform Facilitator, James Lick Middle School

A picture of John Dixon, a teacher at A.P. Giannini Middle School, in his home during distance learning

Each individual is important to this community - like a puzzle, if just one person, piece, is missing, this whole image is incomplete.

John Dixon

Special Education Teacher, A.P. Giannini Middle School

A teacher holds a sign that says "Every"

I am proud to be in a school community where we believe in each and every child's brilliance and power while overcoming challenges together.

Lily Chen

National Board Certified Teacher, Kindergarten Cantonese Biliteracy, Jean Parker Elementary School

James, a third grader, wears a chef's hat and coat

Someday, I want to learn how to cook, so I can create my own recipes and write a cookbook.


3rd Grader at Rooftop PreK-8 School

8th grade student posing for a photo

Fifth grade was one of my funniest years and when I grew the most as a student. I will never forget poetry night and our camping trip.


8th grader at Rooftop PreK-8 School

1st grade student Estella looks at her homemade school project - a porcupine made of toothpicks and a piece of steak

My favorite teacher makes learning more fun by giving homework that involves hands-on activities.


1st Grader at Bessie Carmichael PreK-8 Filipino Education Center

Cadi Poile, director of custodial services at SFUSD, stands wearing a face mask at an SFUSD school playground

I’m proud of how much work and how far the facilities department has come - it’s pretty amazing to see all the collaboration to get our school buildings open and ready.

Cadi Poile

Director of Custodial Services

Cecile Laberinto

If there's anything I want the world to know about school lunch workers, it's that we care and we're here, and no matter what, we'll always be here.

Cecile Laberinto

School Lunch Worker, Willie Brown Middle School

Joy Patterson

Partnership starts with families and the student, respecting where they’re at, where they come from and the fabric that makes them who they are in that moment.

Joy Paterson

Teacher, SF Community Elementary School

Stuart Briggs

My job as a teacher is to arrange for victories for my students.  I may present them with a task, but as an educator I try to envision the way forward. 


Stuart Briggs

Teacher - Jose Ortega Elementary School

Mira Carberry

Representation is really important. Books should be mirrors for students, content should be mirrors for students, they should see themselves represented in the curriculum.

Mira Carberry

Teacher - Buena Vista Horace Mann

Suzann Baldwin

As a teacher, I have always believed that equity and justice meant being the best possible teacher I could be for my students.

Suzann Baldwin

Spanish Teacher - Abraham Lincoln High School

Danielle Brown Sanchez, Parent at Dolores Huerta Elementary School

I wanted to take a minute to thank all who were involved in providing Chromebooks for the students to borrow. I have a third grade daughter who is benefiting from this decision. My husband and I both grew up in San Francisco and honestly, I am so pleased with all of the efforts that SFUSD always seems to make. Thank you again for giving our family one less thing to stress about during these changing times.

Danielle Brown Sanchez

Parent at Dolores Huerta Elementary

Nia Black

I want to study Political Science in college because I want to be a Civil Rights attorney. America needs more people who are able to fix it - things like police brutality, the prison system, and sentencing laws.

Nia Black

Senior at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, Student Emcee for the 2020 African American Honor Roll

Crystal Hawkins

My supervisor trusts me to do the work, knowing that I understand the vision and I'm going to truly partner with the children and families.

Crystal Hawkins

Family Liaison Coordinator at Shoestrings Children's Center

Eldridge "Swift" Anthony - We Are SFUSD

The key to dealing with kids is you talk up to them, you don’t talk down. Things like that build trust with kids, and if they don’t trust you then they can’t identify with you and they won’t deal with you.

Eldridge "Swift" Anthony

Head of Security at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School

Mariko Tanaka We Are SFUSD

I think being fearless makes you the best player you can be. You’re fearless to make mistakes and trust your teammates, which is a big part of volleyball. Being fearless is something that contributes to the game and is one of the most important factors that got us to win the championship.

Mariko Tanaka

Senior at Lowell High School & 2019 Lowell Varsity Volleyball Team State Champion

Meena Jamerson, Grandparent at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

My granddaughter loves it here, and she’s always a good student. The school is more like a family school, because you can work out your issues and they look out for my granddaughter.

Meena Jamerson

Grandparent at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

This page was last updated on June 26, 2024