As stewards of academic success, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) prides itself on advancing tools to ensure communities have equal access to education. The UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) has named Juanita Santos as executive director of the Dual Language Community Lab Schools, a partnership between the COEHD and the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD).
Santos’ role will help further the objective of Senate Bill 1882 signed into law in 2017, which created a model dual-language lab school network to promote the preparation of teachers, principals, counselors, school psychologists, and others serving the educational needs of bilingual students in San Antonio.
The 1882 partnership reflects one of the many partnerships and commitments between UTSA and school districts across San Antonio. UTSA is an urban-serving university whose mission focuses on advancing opportunities for student success and offering pathways to higher education. These partnerships are forged to further the goal of becoming a model Hispanic thriving university to serve the Hispanic community via impactful educational partnerships.
Santos brings 28 years of experience in education from her time as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal in Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Her perspective draws on her experience in the classroom, as well as her tenure in administration within several Title 1 campuses, most recently as principal at Rayburn Elementary School within the Harlandale ISD.
“The dual-language campuses within our community are raising student achievement. They have state-of-the-art dual-language programs that are sustainable and quickly becoming a national model for other districts,” Santos said to UTSA Today. “I hope to leverage the breadth and depth of my professional experience as a practitioner, researcher, and administrator to be a strong voice and visionary for robust dual language instruction. It is an absolute honor to build upon the solid foundation UTSA has put in place to prepare clinical teacher candidates for a successful career.”