Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela
As the first in his family to graduate from college, Francisco Durán knows that education is the key to opening the door for possibilities. Durán earned his bachelor's degree in education from the University of New Mexico and went on to earn a master's degree in educational administration from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in organization and leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and a doctorate in organization and leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
Durán has a diverse background in education, beginning as a special education paraprofessional, teaching Spanish, social studies, and language arts and serving as an activities director, athletics director, assistant principal, principal, regional superintendent, and a superintendent. He was appointed chief academic officer on October 20, 2015.
As an educational leader, Durán has worked passionately to ensure that all students receive a quality education that will equip them with the skills needed for postsecondary education and employment in today’s ever-changing world. Influenced to become an educator by a teacher who saw talents in him, he was inspired to always challenge others to do their best.
Durán has received a certificate of honor and recognition for educational service from the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco, and a Distinguished Educator Award from Phi Delta Kappa International, University of Pennsylvania Chapter.