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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 letters of recommendation are below, and my list of references 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


Letter of Introduction

Dear Monroe Monarchs, 


I am so excited to introduce myself to you as your new Assistant Principal at Monroe Elementary. I am thrilled to join a community that is so rich in culture, language, and the arts. The best thing about Monroe Elementary School is that everyone on campus is an educator, and I can’t wait to learn from each and every one of you, especially the students!


Just like a monarch grows and changes from a caterpillar to a butterfly, I have become an administrator after twenty two years of being a teacher, with many of those years at West Portal Elementary. I am an energetic, resilient, and innovative veteran educator, focused on supporting teachers and students in collaborating to achieve instructional excellence for all of our students, 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. My special areas of educational leadership are in master scheduling and logistics, arts/academic integration, inclusion, multidisciplinary teamwork, and school culture. 


“​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. As the Assistant Principal of Monroe Elementary School, I will innovatively support each of the professional educators in our community to learn and grow alongside the students and myself, as we partner with our families to support every Monroe student in achieving their highest aspirations.


I invite you to come and say hello, hola, and néih hóu to me on the first day of school, when you will find me with my monarch butterfly costume on! I can’t wait to meet you!



Susan Appe, or Miss Susan! 

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