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Jolynn  Washington

Jolynn Washington

San Francisco Unified School District

San Francisco, CA USA

"You need empathy and the ability to understand that each person has their own story. Be kind."

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Jolynn 's work combines: Education, Law, and Upholding a Cause and Belief

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Day In The Life

Director of Pupil Services

I support students, families & schools with attendance building, school climate and suspensions & expulsions.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    St. Rose Academy

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Humanities & Creative Writing

    San Francisco State University

  • Graduate Degree

    Educational Leadership and Administration, General

    San Francisco State University

  • Certification

    Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

    SFSU Clinical Schools Program

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Director of Pupil Services:

Bachelor's Degree: Education, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I started working in Account Management right after high school. Had to work through college with having kids as well at this time.

  • 2.

    I had the opportunity to work as both a Special Ed. & General Ed. paraprofessional. I observed & learned from teachers while working with students. This job also allowed me to be with my own kids.

  • 3.

    I briefly became an Elementary Advisor, but with family support, I started my journey of becoming a teacher. When HR didn't help emergency cred. renewal, I went straight to Sacramento CDE & got it!

  • 4.

    I had the opportunity to be a primary grade teacher at a couple of schools but ultimately wanted to return to Jose Ortega Elementary where I began as a paraprofessional.

  • 5.

    After teaching, I had a chance with different roles as a Reading Recovery Teacher which helped me learn how to support my own daughter.

  • 6.

    I then took a position as an SFUSD Literacy Coach and worked at the school I began at.

  • 7.

    I decided to take the California Administrators Exam and became a School Principal at Jose Ortega Elementary School where I would stay for 10 years.

  • 8.

    I took a sabbatical to renew & refresh and joined the Office of Pupil Services, first as a Behavior Coach, then a Supervisor and eventually, my current role as Director of Pupil Services.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    The only time I faced discouraging words was from a new Supervisor (after a variety of changing supervisors). This person would say things that would affect my mental health.

  • How I responded:

    I took a sabbatical to refresh and renew my mental health. For your path, identify things for yourself. Do what you love. Listen to your body and stay healthy. Create a vision board for yourself and think of the people who support you! Create a timeline and think of it as chunks. Instead of saying it will take me 3 years to take classes, see it as 6 semesters only. Remember, all money, ain't good money!

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • As a person of color, people have tried to silence my voice. I persevered knowing I have rights to access and equity in any field or goal I reach for.