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Dr. Shawnterra Moore is entering her 22nd year as an educator; the last six 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.


Superintendent's Message on the Start of the 2022-23 School Year 8-10-22

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! I hope you all had a chance to rest and rejuvenate yourselves over the summer. We are enthusiastically anticipating your student(s) return for this upcoming year. As we begin the new year, we want to make you aware of some new changes as well as several projects that we will be kicking off this year!

Superintendent's Message on End of the Year 5-25-22

It is hard to believe that we have made it through another eventful and stressful year, but we have. As we bring the 2021-22 school year to a close, I want to reflect back on the many ways in which we have proactively responded and pivoted to different health and safety requirements throughout the year.

Superintendent's Message on Reopening 4-15-22

It has been about two weeks since we returned from spring break, and I hope that you all had a chance to rest and refuel and we look toward finishing strong in the last six weeks of the school year. As you may recall, our school board decided during its March 10 meeting to leave our district’s indoor masking policy in place until at least April 18, so that we could assess public health conditions and our community’s COVID-19 case rates in the wake of spring break.

Superintendent's Message on Reopening 3-23-22

Spring is here! We are so thankful to our staff, students, and parents for following our safety guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. With the extra hour of daylight, we hope you enjoy time with your family.

Online School Registration Begins February 28

Beginning February 28th, 2022, South San Francisco Unified School District will use Infinite Campus Online Registration for new student registration. Online Registration allows families to complete the registration process remotely.

Superintendent's Message on Reopening 2-3-22

I wanted our community to know that we have seen a decrease in our district’s COVID-19 case rates from a high of 248 during the week of January 10 to 197 during the week of January 17 and 130 during the week of January 24. This coincides with a drop in case rates across San Mateo County as a whole.

Superintendent's Message on Reopening 1-7-22

Welcome to 2022 as we finish our first week of the new year! As classes get underway again, I want to bring you up to date with all that has happened since winter break. As you may know, our state and nation have recently experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases driven by the new Omicron variant. To protect the health and well-being of our students and staff, our district has taken a number of steps to ensure a safe return-to school.

Superintendent's Message on Reopening 12-30-21

As the new year approaches, and families start making plans to return to school, I want to take this opportunity to remind you that we must continue to be vigilant against COVID-19, particularly with regard to the Omicron variant, which appears to be settling in across the Bay Area. Although cases across the nation are rising, many people in the Bay Area are fully vaccinated and boosted, which has fortunately helped to curtail severe illness, even in instances of breakthrough infections.

Happy Holidays from SSFUSD

Happy holidays to you and yours from South San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Shawnterra Moore.

Superintendent's Message on Reopening SSFUSD 11-23-21

We’ve reached the Thanksgiving holiday, and it is important to celebrate all the positive things we’ve done to get to this point. This is the season of gratitude and I’m grateful for the good fortune of health, family and friends. However, I am especially grateful to be a part of our incredible community and want to express my sincere thanks to all of you.

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!