Belle Ortiz’s Impact on Mariachi in Music Education

Belle Ortiz, the Mother of Mariachi Education Isabel A. Ortiz – February 12, 1933 – July 12, 2023 Belle Ortiz launched the first mariachi program in San Antonio public schools at Lanier High School in the 1970s which led to a district-wide mariachi group for SAISD. “It was the beginning of mariachi education in the […]

Unleashing Education’s Power through Grants

Teacher Spotlight: Innovative Grant Winner Nathan Busse Bonham Academy’s 7th-grade ELAR teacher Nathan Busse was awarded an Innovative Grant from the SAISD Foundation to support his “Spotlight on Creative Writing” project. With this grant, Mr. Busse was able to obtain a document camera to allow students to view each other’s work, a bulletin board, notebooks, […]