In partnership with the Pre-K 4 SA Board Chair, Elaine Mendoza, and the Board’s Personnel Committee Chair, Joe Robles, the City of San Antonio is pleased to announce its first two executive appointments to the Pre-K 4 SA program with the selection of an Interim CEO and one of two Education Center Directors.
Kathy Bruck has been selected Interim CEO for Pre-K 4 SA. She will serve in an interim capacity beginning May 6, 2013. Some of her immediate responsibilities include engaging with City staff in continuing with the ongoing hiring of teachers and administrative staff, in joining the Curriculum Review Committee in selecting and developing curriculum, and in guiding the overall operations of the two Education Centers. She currently serves as executive director for curriculum and instruction at Harlandale Independent School District. She joins the City with nearly 40 years of experience in early childhood education, social services, curriculum and instruction. She holds a Master of Arts in educational psychology and supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from St. John’s University in New York City.
Sandy Weser Chavarria has been selected Center Director of one of the two Pre-K 4 SA Centers. She’ll begin her duties on June 17, 2013, and will be assisting with the hiring of all teachers and staff for the centers. She currently serves as the Center Director for the Carroll Early Childhood Education Center at the San Antonio Independent School District. She brings more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education, and has a Master of Education in early childhood education and a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the University of the Incarnate Word.
“With our focus squarely on creating education centers of innovation and excellence, we were determined to identify leaders who not only believed in this goal, but who had the excitement and expertise to do so,” said Elaine Mendoza, Pre-K 4 SA board chair. “Both Kathy and Sandy’s commitment is well demonstrated through their vision and work.”
The Pre-K 4 SA Initiative will provide high–quality, full-day Pre-K for an estimated 22,000 four-year-olds over eight years, including 2,000 who will be served through four Pre-K 4 SA Education Centers.
“Kathy and Sandy’s extensive experience in early childhood education makes an outstanding addition to our team,” said City Manager Sheryl Sculley. “They have expertise in Pre-K curriculum development, managing instructional and operational program requirements, and language and literacy instruction. We look forward to their contributions to the Pre-K 4 SA Program.”
The program will improve teacher professional development for all participating school districts from Pre-K through Grade 3. Pre-K 4 SA also will provide high-quality Pre-K services for an additional 1,700 children through a competitive grant process beginning in the 2016-2017 school year with participating school districts and educational providers. For more information, call (210) 207-PREK (7735) or visit sanantonio.gov/pre-K4sa.