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, […]

Thank A Teacher Series

MEET ANITA FRANKLIN  Alumni Giving Back to SAISD, Anita Franklin (Fox Tech High School, SAISD – 1987) Anita Franklin is teaching Texas History at Tafolla Middle School. After graduating from college, Anita felt she should give back to the community that helped her become the woman that she is today. “Teaching is a part of […]

Leave Your Legacy and Pave the Way for SAISD Students!

Do you want to leave your mark at SAISD or honor someone special? Personalizing a brick in one of SAISD’s most traveled spaces at the beloved Alamo Stadium is a wonderful option.   These engraved bricks are located on the pathway between the Alamo Stadium and Convocation buildings. The cost per brick is $150.Bricks will […]

Board of Directors – Highlight Series – Sonia Canales

Sonia Quirino Canales Diversity & Inclusion Manager, H-E-B Brackenridge High School, Class of 1993   Who was your favorite teacher? My favorite teacher of my entire K-12 life was Ms. Eleanor Marie Zepeda at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. I first met Ms. Zepeda when she was a new 2nd grade teacher. Not only did I have […]

Board of Directors – Highlight Series – Jose Ramon Campos

Jose Ramon Campos Owner CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery   What is your favorite book? The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho Who was your favorite teacher? Mrs. Peggy Hair – 7th & 8th grade English St. George Episcopal School Mrs. Hair was not just a teacher but a mentor as well. Smart and intelligent but wise and […]

Board of Directors – Highlight Series – Kelly Boswell

Kelly Boswell, CPA, CFE Director of Tax Controversy ADKF What is your favorite book? I have several but one of my favorites is a book of poems gifted to me when I was nine from my Grandmother – The Best Loved Poems of James Whitcomb Riley. It has her handwriting in the front cover with […]

Board of Directors – Highlight Series – Robert Olivares

Robert Olivares Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing Republic National Distributing Company   What is your favorite book? Animal Farm – taught me that as you help people and earn their trust along the way… do not abuse that responsibility by forgetting why and for whom you assumed the power you have been given.   Who […]

Brighter Sky Foundation presents $50,000 to Bridge Digital Divide in San Antonio ISD

     Contact: Angelica Garza | Email: | Cell: 956-336-9388 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Brighter Sky Foundation presents $50,000 to Bridge Digital Divide in San Antonio ISD SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The SAISD Foundation is honored to announce a gift of $50,000 in support of the #ConnectCampaign from the Brighter Sky Foundation. The SAISD Foundation launched […]