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.