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Please Share Your Alumni Update!

We all travel life's path in different ways! Alumni Updates is an opportunity for SAISD alumni to share personal and professional news (college degrees earned, new employment, professional accomplishments etc.) as a way to foster community and strengthen connections among alumni. These posts will be public on the SAISD Nation website.

Steering the Ship at the SA River Authority

Suzanne Scott, General Manager of the San Antonio River Authority, graduated from Highlands High School. She went on to attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock and then completed her Master's at Trinity University. Today she heads up the San Antonio River Authority, which focuses on developing and conserving our water resources. Its jurisdiction covers 3,658 square miles—all of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad Counties.
Scott's SAISD pride is evident in how she talks not only about her alma matter, Highlands High School, but in how she talks about the district as a whole. 
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Giving Back to High School Students

 

Jefferson High School class of 2011 alumnus Ricardo Rosales and his partner Sravya Vishnubhatla have launched a virtual campaign to help high school students prepare for college during the Coronavirus quarantine. After signing up students from their local Seattle area, Ricardo and Sravya decided to expand their services to San Antonio, hoping to reach students from Ricardo’s alma mater and beyond. This summer, they will be hosting Zoom sessions with students from across the country to help them prepare for college.

 

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Proudly Serving on the City's Economic Transition Team

Wayne Terry, Jefferson class of '79 is, was recently appointed to serve on Mayor Ron Nirenberg's COVID-19 Economic Transition Team, which will help guide the safe reintroduction of activities and businesses suspended by the national pandemic. 

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Keeping Golden Bears In Touch

Abby Cantu, Thomas A. Edison class of 1983 graduate, is the President of the Golden Bears Alumni Association 

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Still Serving up the Best Burgers in New York

Victor Ramirez

Photo Courtesy the Rome Sentinel

Phillis Wheatley High School class of '81 graduate Victor Ramirez owns Madison Bistro, a cafe in central New York that is vying for the state's best burger. He's been able to pivot his business to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis and keep his valued employees on the payroll, offering free delivery and other creative services.

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Van de Puttes Give Back to Meet Coronavirus Needs

Leticia and Pete Van de Putte, Founders of Dixie Flag Company.

Leticia Van de Putte is a proud alumna of Jefferson High School, class of 1973. The Van de Putte family business, Dixie Flag Company, is stepping up to address the Coronavirus pandemic by transforming their flag production operation into a mask-producing factory to meet the increasing-demand for protective gear for all San Antonio residents. 

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Leading a High School Remotely

Dr. Josephine Juarez, Ed. D., J. D., Lanier Class of 1994, Judson Early College Academy Principal

The recent school closures have prompted me to run a high school remotely for the first time in the school’s history, while also coordinating with our school’s higher education partner, Northeast Lakeview College. Our school’s distance learning plan and 1:1 technology program have allowed us to provide effective instruction to our students during this unprecedented period.

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Advocate | Technologist | Change Agent

Denise Ojeda, Brackenridge HS Class of 1997

"I am passionate about crafting data solutions in the public sector and advocating equity and inclusion in Public Education and Municipal Processes. I am a proud G.W. Brackenridge High School alum, attended Palo Alto College, and earned a B.A. in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and Marketing from UTSA."

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Yes! Our Kids Can

Lionel Sosa, Lanier class of 1957, is the founder of Yes! Our Kids Can, whose mission is to disrupt generational poverty by creating a Success Mindset in all families. Last Thursday, the YES! team produced a children’s video to help families give advice to their kids, so they'll learn to be active participants to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. 

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Kindess Matters

1971 Sam Houston graduate Jason D. Mims is the founder of The MIMS Institute Fellows, Inc., an organization that help Emerging Leaders promote Academic Excellence in key urban zip codes.
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