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Dr. Shawnterra Moore is entering her 23rd year as an educator; the last eight she’s served as the Superintendent of Schools. Prior to that, she served as a Director and Associate Superintendent in the District. Before coming to the South San Francisco Unified School District, Dr. Moore served in a variety of administrative and teaching assignments, including as a high school principal, assistant principal and English teacher. Dr. Moore comes from a family of educators and she has appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed the various roles she has held.

Dr. Moore is passionate about her family, her faith, and her love for educating and engaging students in unique and innovative ways. She focused her dissertation on disenfranchised youth and creating spaces for their voices to be integrally involved in their learning and schooling experiences. As the Superintendent, she has engaged students each year with interviews, surveys, and videos to illicit their feedback and involvement! She has a deep commitment to equity and social justice, and is dogmatic in her belief that all people- students and adults are capable of excellence and that it is our job, both within the District but society as a whole, to identify, nurture, lead, and support one another in the journey to becoming the most effective person and employee that we can become! She highly values relationships and works to instill the same core belief in others.

Dr. Moore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate of Educational Psychology degree, both from the University of the Pacific.


To positively influence and impact our students, our entire community must be involved and engaged. C.A.R. exemplifies our institutional commitments to the SSFUSD community:

  • C is our desire to communicate transparently, professionally, and honestly.
  • is the achievement of our students and staff.
  • is our desire to strengthen and maintain positive and productive relationships throughout the district with one another, our families, communities, and students.
The CAR graphic below depicts  SSFUSD's institutional commitments


Over the course of the last two years, we have been moving toward becoming a performance management district whereby we are all analyzing data, determining our success and opportunities for growth, are asking ourselves ‘why’ questions about our performance if we are not hitting our identified targets, and developing action plans that align to our school and district goals that we can implement and monitor to determine if we are making progress.  

Take a look at our graphic below: Performance Management: Strengthening our Systems to remind you of the journey we are on toward our 4Es and academic excellence and equity in SSFUSD!