The people behind the schools

Education is a people business — we are only as strong as the people who work with our students and keep our schools open and running every day.

Our 134 school sites and the departments that support them are full of dedicated employees who help ensure each child has a welcoming place to learn the skills they need to succeed at school and life.

If you have a child in one of our schools, I bet you know at least a few folks who bring their best to work every day — be they administrative assistants, principals, teachers, custodians or coaches.

Here are just a few SFUSD employees whom people have been raving about lately.

Manas Kulkarni, Teacher,
Thurgood Marshall High School

“Mr. Kulkarni creates all of his lessons from scratch, paying special attention to the unique needs of his students. He easily builds rapport and creates a cooperative learning environment with his students. He’s a natural leader in his grade level team meetings, is incredibly professional and always makes time to support his co-workers.”

Renee Vargas, Administrative Assistant — Pupil Services
“Renee does everything she can to talk with families and translate for the team. Renee always puts families and children first in her work and it would be impossible to find another person who can be any more professional.”

Monica Lun, Kindergarten Immersion Teacher,
Garfield Elementary School

“Monica is an innovative teacher who always uses engaging techniques to make learning fun and hands-on for her students. In addition, she has excellent rapport with the parents, carrying over her nurturing demeanor towards the parents and her colleagues.”

Vivian Hong, Teacher — Junipero Serra Elementary School
“She took the time to teach me even though I was very distracted with my home issues. She would make the extra time and effort to support and reteach concepts to me at lunch and after school.”

The list goes on and on. And that’s why we actually call one of our employee recognition programs RAVE (Recognizing All Valuable Employees) — get it?

If you know an SFUSD employee who deserves a little shout out, it’s easy to do. It will take you only five minutes and you’ll be bringing some sunshine to a special person who brings love to our city’s children and the adults who serve them every day.

To nominate an SFUSD employee or team of employees for a RAVE: Go to

Richard Carranza is the superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.

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