For the last 90 years, San Antonio's demographics and population growth have predicted population change in Texas and the U.S.
When we level the educational playing field in San Antonio, we will lead the movement to do the same in Texas and the U.S.
About San Antonio
From the tourists who flock each year to see its many attractions, to the students attending its more than 30 institutions of higher education, to the thousands of military personnel who—however fleetingly—call it home, San Antonio is etched in many memories. In a city famous for the cry of revolution and independence—"Remember the Alamo!"—a new revolution is taking place today, with the goal of ensuring positive educational outcomes for all of San Antonio's children.
In 2010, Teach For America launched in San Antonio, and in the region's first year many corps members saw incredible success. Toward the end of the 2010-2011 school year, validation came in the form of the San Antonio Independent School District's Rising Star New Teacher of the Year results—all four of the district-wide winners were corps members, and of the 53 finalists for the awards, 24 were Teach For America teachers.
Also not long after our launch, in an interview with Texas Public Radio, Mayor Julian Castro said, "Teach for America has produced great results in each of the districts it has worked in. I encouraged the SAISD board to not only keep the TFA members they have, but to expand Teach for America's presence in the district, because I believe that it can help more students graduate from high school and go on to college."
Two years later, through our growing partnerships with parents, colleagues, administration, district personnel, and the community, we are building on our initial successes to have an even greater positive impact on the lives of San Antonio students. Our corps members are working to make their students' dreams a reality and show San Antonio that, together, we can make a real and lasting difference.
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After graduating from Georgetown University, she became a 2006 Rio Grande Valley corps member. As a high school English and ESL teacher, she led her students to achieve an 83% passing rate on the state ELA exam.
Laura was drawn back to the Alamo City to create positive change in the communities where she grew up. She is dedicated to building lasting partnerships between staff, corps members, and the community, and believes that only by working as a team will closing the achievement gap be possible.