Great Grads! Stories from SAISD Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Great Grads! Stories from SAISD Foundation Scholarship Recipients Sam Houston High School: Autumn: Congratulations to Autumn for being selected for the Sam Houston Class of ’89 Cheer Scholarship!    Autumn’s journey began with hands-on experiences in childcare. Working at a daycare center and babysitting children provided her with a solid foundation and confirmed her desire […]

Sweet Melodies from Mariachi Director, David Zamarripa

Sweet Melodies from Mariachi Director, David Zamarripa As the mariachi director, David Zamarripa has the privilege of nurturing the talents of his students in each mariachi class. During Teacher Appreciation Week, we are proud to highlight educators who not only inspire but also innovate. Among them, Mr. Zamarripa and Alicia Covarrubias are honored recipients of […]

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 […]