IDEA San Antonio Grows to Reach More Students

In 2012, NBA legend David Robinson invited IDEA to partner on solving educational inequality in San Antonio. IDEA and the Admiral joined forces later that year, united in the quest to provide a quality education to students across The Alamo City. 

Today, five years later, IDEA Public Schools remains laser-focused on this mission—ensuring more students in San Antonio receive a high-quality education and are prepared for the road to and through college and your child can join the IDEA Team & Family!  All of our schools are tuition-free and our high-quality teachers and leaders are passionate, caring, and focused on developing academic excellence and character in every IDEA student.

Meet IDEA San Antonio’s Newest Leaders  

In the fall of 2017, IDEA Public Schools will open three new campuses in San Antonio—IDEA Harvey E. Najim, IDEA Brackenridge, and IDEA Ewing-Halsell.  These campuses will be led by outstanding individuals who have thrived within the IDEA Team & Family and in the greater education sector.  Read on to learn more about IDEA’s newest principals, poised to lead their schools to academic excellence.

Hope Walker: IDEA Harvey E. Najim Academy Principal 

Ms. Hope Walker has been an Assistant Principal of Instruction with IDEA since June 2014, coaching teachers to stellar results for students. Prior to joining IDEA Public Schools, she was a standout teacher, literacy coach, and curriculum guru with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Since joining IDEA, Hope has worked tirelessly to improve the outcomes of academy students in San Antonio, having served at both IDEA South Flores and IDEA Judson campuses.  “I always believe in the power of change,” said Hope.  “Making a difference, a direct impact, in the lives of scholars is always at the forefront of my mind.” 


Elisha McCardell: IDEA Brackenridge Academy Principal 

Ms. Elisha McCardell played a pivotal role in the launching of IDEA Eastside Academy as an Assistant Principal of Instruction, and as a Principal in Residence.  Prior to arriving at IDEA, Elisha was a high-performing teacher-leader in Houston at both KIPP and HISD school districts.  She has continued to build upon her educational success at IDEA, and is a striver, no doubt – she is even close to earning her PhD!  “It is my belief that education is the true dividing factor between poverty and greater access to changing current and future generations,” Elisha said.      


Pam Ray: IDEA Ewing Halsell Academy Principal

Ms. Pam Ray joined IDEA in the summer of 2014, but her education career spans more than 25 years – her expertise and experience are world-class, and it shows in the work she has accomplished at IDEA Monterrey Park Academy as both an Assistant Principal of Instruction and Principal in Residence.  Pam has served as a curriculum director, curriculum writer, district coordinator for various contents including Special Programs, consultant, and of course, a high-performing teacher. Pam is truly passionate about the work of educating children, and she has shown the capacity to positively influence students from pre-kindergarten all the way through high school.


William Chermak: IDEA Ewing Halsell College Prep Pioneers

Since joining Teach For America in San Antonio, Texas, Mr. William Chermak has been a relentless advocate for students and a standout educator. Recognized for his efforts as a teacher leader by San Antonio ISD, Will also successfully coached incoming Teach For America corps members during their annual Summer Institute.  Since joining the team at IDEA South Flores College Prep, William has demonstrated the ability to coach and lead teachers to tremendous results.  “I see the schools around my house, and their ratings, and that is unacceptable for my children. This will also become unacceptable for the children in my community.  I want to build a school that impacts the community in a way that they have never seen before,” said William. 


The Future is Bright

These exceptional leaders have already hit the ground running as they prepare IDEA’s newest campuses for the start of the 2017 school year.  They cherish the opportunity to expand their role at IDEA to reach more students and truly make a difference for children in the area. 

“I have lived in the San Antonio area since 4th grade and have a great sense of loyalty to the communities, families and children in our region,” said Pam Ray, principal of IDEA Ewing Halsell Academy.  “Serving as principal of a central Texas IDEA campus allows me to lead a powerful movement in San Antonio that gives hope to our children for a bright future.” 

Limited spots are available for the 2017 school year.  Ensure your child’s future is bright and apply now. 

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