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Mike Hardy

Senior Vice President of Schools

Michael Hardy began his career in education as a high school science teacher in Brownsville, TX after working as an electrical engineer.

Since then, he has taught various subjects across many grades, founded and coached a state champion robotics team, and worked as a teacher and administrator in both traditional and charter districts.

As a teacher, he won many awards, culminating with the state of Texas Educator of the Year award through HEB for secondary schools.

Michael served as a highly successful principal at IDEA Frontier College Preparatory, leading the school to be ranked 22nd in the United States by Washington Post, 49th in U.S. News and World report, and to achieve IDEA College Prep of the Year, all while increasing teacher retention rates. He has proudly led his team to matriculate 100% of his graduates into college.

He served a year as Director of Leader Development for Central Texas before his current position as Senior Vice President of Schools for San Antonio. Both roles focus on building capacity in our campus leaders to achieve excellent results for children. He has a master’s degree from Columbia University in Educational Leadership.

He lives in San Antonio with his wife, Melinda, who is a highly successful instructional coach with IDEA Public Schools.