Supporters & Partners

The San Francisco Education Fund believes teachers are the experts and wants to help them be as effective as they can. We recruit and support caring adults to lend helping hands in their classrooms and award grants for them to implement innovative programs and pursue professional development. 

  • Volunteer Hosts: Educators open their classroom to community members interested in sharing their talents and giving back in meaningful ways.
  • Grant Recipients: Educators apply for grants to expand their skills or develop new resources to better serve their students.
  • Fund for Teachers Fellows: Educators also lead their own professional development opportunities with Fund for Teachers (FFT) fellowships across the globe.

  • Meet the Mayor's Teachers of the Year 2016 Winners included Helana Corda of James Lick Middle School
         Meet the Mayor's Teachers of the Year 2016 Winners included Helana Corda of James Lick Middle School

    Stepping onto the field of the Giants’ stadium at AT&T Park would be a memorable experience for any San Franciscan, but it was perhaps extra special for five San Francisco public school teachers who were introduced to the stadium as winners of the Mayor’s Teacher of the Year Award. Read more. 

  • “I was having such a hard year" How two volunteers helped a teacher turn her tough year around
         “I was having such a hard year" How two volunteers helped a teacher turn her tough year around

    When James Lick Middle School teacher Helana Corda started off the 2015-16 year, her class sizes had increased, school construction was in full swing and PE classes took place right outside her room. She found she had little time to pay individual attention to each student, and she could tell they were having difficulty concentrating. Read more.

  • Matches made in heaven Four schools and 18 years later: Lisa Bishop and Mark Freeman
         Matches made in heaven Four schools and 18 years later: Lisa Bishop and Mark Freeman

    Inside jokes. Witty banter. Completing each other’s sentences. It’s what’s expected after 18 years together, right? That’s how long volunteer Mark Freeman has worked alongside Ms. Lisa Bishop. In that time, they’ve worked at four schools and shared their passion for hands-on learning with hundreds of students. Read more.

  • Friends at first sight Joan Ramo and Nikki Thornton
         Friends at first sight Joan Ramo and Nikki Thornton

    Joan Ramo — or Ms. Jones as students know her — is a Literacy Program volunteer in Nikki Thornton’s 2nd-grade class at El Dorado Elementary School. She and Ms. Thornton hit it off from the start, forming not only a partnership but a friendship built upon flexibility, trust and a mutual appreciation for the work of the other. Read more.