SFTR Alumni

Since 2010, SFTR has prepared nearly 150 aspiring teachers for high-needs schools and subject areas in San Francisco.  Most of our graduates (88%) are still teaching in San Francisco, and many now serve as Cooperating Teachers for our newest residents.

Meet some of our graduates teaching in SFUSD:


Ana Rosa Maldonado

Bilingual Teacher, Paul Revere Middle School

Born and raised in the Mission District, Ana Rosa was an English learner who at one point did not see herself with any interest in education. But after mentoring and tutoring at Buena Vista Horace Mann in SFUSD– the same school she had attended as a student – she found motivation from within her own community to teach. Ana Rosa joined SFTR to educate, impact, and push students to their full potential, especially those students who often are neglected and underrepresented.


Perla Rivas

Chemistry Teacher, June Jordan School for Equity

Perla joined SFTR in 2012 to become a teacher so she could share her love of science with urban youth. In college she spent time working with preschool children from low-income neighborhoods in San Francisco helping to develop their language and literacy skills.  She also volunteered with the American Chemical Society in science outreach events such as Family Science Night at the California Academy of Sciences.  In addition to her love of teaching chemistry, Perla enjoys playing the piano and harp and cooking vegetarian food in her free time.  She is also a Cooperating Teacher with SFTR this year!


Nick Chan

Math Teacher, SF International High School

A fluent Spanish-speaker, Nick worked with students who would be the first in their families to graduate from college through Stanford Upward Bound before joining SFTR. He spent 6 months doing middle school tutoring with City Year Louisiana in post-Katrina Baton Rouge before working as an Urban Youth Development Worker with Peace Corps Ecuador. There, Nick worked with youth leadership groups, health centers and schools, giving workshops on HIV/AIDS prevention and education, life skills and general health skills.  Follow his great photos from his work with math students here.

You can find SFTR alumni working at the following schools in San Francisco