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Susan Appe

Creativity. Equity. Leadership.



• San Francisco State University, B.A. in music (2018)

• SFSU, Teaching Credential Program (2019)

• SFSU, Master of Arts in Music Education (2022)

• SFSU, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration (2023)

Professional history:

World Music Teacher TK-5 West Portal Elementary (2008-present)

Choir Teacher 6-8 A.P. Giannini Middle School (2018-19)

Music Teacher K-5 Richmond District After School Collaborative (2005-15)

Chorus Teacher grade 7-8 Park Day School (1999-2005)

Administrative work:

• Scheduling our seven enrichments for twenty-five classrooms, and managing a

Scheduling Committee of teachers and staff for master scheduling (2018-present)

• Co-facilitating the Coordinated Care Team (2021-present) and serving on the Behavior Team (2024-present)

• Serving on the Instructional Leadership Team and presenting professional

developments at staff meetings around evidence-based instructional strategies as

well as school culture, such as Pride Month and Black History Month (2020-present).

• Coached new teachers through the SFUSD Induction Program (2021-2023).

• Serving on our School Site Council, School Safety Committee, ELAC, and Black

Student Affinity Group support team (2019-present).

• Organizing and recruiting parent volunteers for our Stop, Drop & Go, morning drop-

off, school assemblies, and the Musical Playground Project, working with vendors,

the district project manager, and the architect to install musical play equipment on

our playground (2018-present).

• Admin substitute (as needed) including numerous IEP meetings (2022-present).

• Creating systems to improve the functionality of our Kindergarten lunch (2023-24).• Assisted in administering the ELPAC and CAASPP tests for 3rd-5th grade.

• Pride Club Liaison at West Portal, trained by Student Health Services at SFUSD. In

addition, I started the annual Rainbow Day at WP, a spirit day focused on self-

acceptance and community support, in conjunction with Pride month (2021-present).

• Created/facilitated/organized the 8 person Social Emotional Learning Team during

distance learning (2020-21).

• Served on the Arts Equity Committee, an advisory committee within SFUSD created

by the Arts Department (2020-22).

Areas of Special Training:

- SFCESS equity and facilitation training (2018).

- Safety Care Training, QBS (2024).

- Additional classes I took through the College of Extended Learning at SF State:

Behavior Is Language, Inclusion: Special Needs in General Classrooms, working with

students impacted by trauma, Mild/Mod SpEd, violence prevention, Dyslexia

strategies, and advanced classroom management (2018-2023).


Thank you for your time in getting to know me and my work. My list of references

and letters recommendation are happily available upon request. Please let me answer any

further questions you may have, and I look forward to working with you.

Susan Appe


After twenty-two innovative, passionate, and creative years teaching our SFUSD students music, I am honored to be applying for the job of elementary school administrator. I am an energetic, resilient veteran teacher and aspiring administrator, focused on supporting teachers and students in collaborating to achieve instructional excellence for each and every student, building a school culture of belonging, managing our facility so students and teachers can focus on learning, and connecting all our learning to the world around us.

I build bridges. Given the rich cultural, linguistic, and inclusive knowledge that the San Francisco public school community holds, it is not surprising that as a music teacher, I was able to develop this asset into a collaborative round table approach, creating a music curriculum that involves and reflects our school families and teachers. I value taking the time to gather diverse perspectives. This approach allows me to build a decision-making system that reflects the collaboration that is essential to disrupt the predictable outcomes students are currently experiencing across social and cultural lines. When we put the kids first, the way forward is clear. I have demonstrated that when we use a collaborative approach that starts with kids first, together with evidence-based strategies, creativity, and fidelity, we can provide all students with a highly rigorous curriculum that is at grade level, inclusive, and culturally responsive.

Local girl makes good. I am a proud Bay Area public school kid through and through, from kindergarten through two masters’ degrees and two credentials, the public school system has given legs to my highest aspirations. Now, I want to take all the resourcefulness and creativity that teaching has given me and broaden my effectiveness. As the administrator of an SFUSD Elementary School, I will continue to build a culture of belonging, manage a safe, beautiful, and functional facility, and innovatively challenge each of the professional educators in our community to learn and grow alongside the students and myself, as we support each and every student in achieving their highest aspirations. I look forward to meeting you in person to further discuss my qualifications.


Susan Appe

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