Master Teachers

Master Teacher Advisory Committee meeting - November 28, 2017 - Agenda
Master Teacher Advisory Committee meeting - October 24, 2017 - Agenda

Purpose for Master Teachers

The San Antonio Independent School District is proud to invest in our high achieving teachers to provide additional quality instructional time for our At-Risk students.  Our Master Teachers provide appropriate and engaging learning activities and experiences designed to help the students attain their maximum potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth.  The purpose of this initiative is to accelerate students back to academic grade level, re-motivate, and re-integrate into the learning community. The use of engaging instructional models will help facilitate student motivation and self-regulation. The integration of subjects into Project-Based Learning units tied directly to conceptual level essential questions will help students see relevance and make meaning of new learning. Our ultimate purpose is to enable students to develop competencies and skills that will prepare them for success in higher education. 

The role of Master Teacher is a vital part of transforming SAISD to ensure our students are performing at higher levels and graduating well prepared to succeed in higher education.   Master Teachers are hired as experienced champions of children with a proven track record of increasing student achievement.


Master Teachers will be supported collaboratively by the Department of Academics (for all campuses), and the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) staff for TIF Campuses.  If there are concerns or questions about resources, training, transportation or any issues impacting your work with students, please contact us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We will make every attempt to respond to your questions within 24 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions
We will continue to expand the Frequently Asked Questions as items are brought to our attention.

Master Teacher Shared Ideas
At the September 23 training, Master Teachers shared ideas that are working on their campuses as they implement their extended time sessions.


Professional Development Schedule  2017-2018


Start Time



September 9, 2017

8:00 am

Norris Conference Center, 618 NW Loop 410, SATX 78216

SAISD Leadership & Staff

September 23, 2017

8:00 am

Edison HS

Doug Fisher

October 28, 2017

8:00 am

Burbank HS

Pam Allyn

January 20, 2018

8:00 am


Shawn Smith

March 3, 2018

8:00 am


Doug Fisher

Student Attendance

To ensure that we have reliable records of students being impacted by Master Teachers, some method is necessary of tracking student attendance for additional tutoring each week.  We are working to provide more details, templates and storage guidelines to assist you with attendance for tutoring sessions so that you can focus on instructing your students.  If you have examples and/or suggestions of how to approach this to make it easier for you as a Master Teacher, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We welcome your insight and suggestions!

Master Teacher Advisory Committee


The Master Teacher Advisory Committee shall serve exclusively in an advisory role.  The committee discussions and input will be focused on strategies and ideas to support the effectiveness related to items in four specific areas: student learning, student data, instructional resources, and sharing effective practices.  Agenda items will be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at least five days prior to the meeting. Agendas will be posted 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. Meeting agendas and notes will be posted on the SAISD Master Teacher website

2017-2018 Advisory Committee

Adriana Abundis—Irving MS          
Maria Contreras— Sarah King ES
Mary Garza—    DeZavala ES           
Matt Heine— Rhodes MS
Amy Hestilow— Japhet Academy      
Amanda Martinez— Highlands HS
Kellen Morgan— Fox Tech HS           
Axel Tapia— Lanier HS
Joy Tuxhorn— Twain MS           
Eliza Vela— Longfellow MS

2017-2018 Meeting Schedule

  • September 27, 2017
  • October 24, 2017
  • November 29, 2017
  • January 24, 2018
  • February 22, 2018
  • March 28, 2018
  • April 26, 2018