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It Takes A School

“It Takes a School” introduces you to some of the unsung heroes of the San Francisco Unified School District. This series from KALW shares stories of veteran impact makers and takes you on campus to follow each one through a day on the job.

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Jackie Alarcon grew up in the Mission in the 1970s and '80s. As a teenager, she started working with youth as a tutor. So, it’s no real surprise that today, she helps students teach each other at Galileo High School as a Peer Resource Instructor.

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Life experience prepared Jean Osbay-Bell her for a second career as a counselor at Phillip and Sala Burton High School. Bell spent twenty-five years as a flight attendant while also working in the San Francisco Unified School District.

From the series It Takes A School:

For over thirty years, history teacher Robert Roth worked throughout the San Francisco Unified School District. The native of Queens, New York began his career in teaching after years of activism, which included being part of the radical student group the Weather Underground.  

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From the series It Takes A School:

Longtime Hunters Point resident Jeanine Kennard is better known by her students as Miss Princess. She’s been working at Bret Harte Elementary School for twenty-five years, starting when her own children were students there. 

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In the first installment of  our new series "It Takes a School," meet Zack Rollins of Buena Vista Horace Mann. For more than thirty years, the longtime security guard has greeted students every morning.