Lamar Elementary: a neighborhood school in a cultural corridor

Last week, my daughter, G.N., and I attended a Spotlight Breakfast at Lamar Elementary, 201 Parland Place, San Antonio, TX 78209 (map), an elementary school in San Antonio ISD serving kindergarten through fifth grade and offering pre-K for three- and… Continue Reading

Rey Saldaña talks about his new role as Chief Engagement Officer at KIPP San Antonio

Rising star Rey Saldaña talked to me about teaming up with KIPP San Antonio, a group of high-performing charter schools in San Antonio, to attack poverty and improve education. Talking to Saldaña made me feel old, but that’s OK, because I’m glad that… Continue Reading

Celebrating reading at the 2014 San Antonio Book Festival

On Saturday, my kids and I had a great time at the San Antonio Book Festival at the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art. For our family, the highlight of festival was during the presentation by Joe Cepeda, a children’s book illustrator, when my… Continue Reading

[Gallery] Holiday lights and landmarks on the San Antonio Riverwalk

Yesterday, I grabbed my kids, our friends and their out-of-town relative, and my pocket camera, and set out to enjoy the holiday lights along the San Antonio Riverwalk. Go be a tourist in your own city and enjoy this unique San… Continue Reading

Cash prizes for young fiction writers at San Antonio Book Festival

First of all: Grab your calendar, find April 5, 2014, and mark down the San Antonio Book Festival. It will be here before you know it. Next, ask yourself: Do I know any promising young writers who are currently in… Continue Reading

“Animal Amigos!” and “Black & Blanco” complete the ArteKids bilingual board book series

Last month, Trinity University Press released Animal Amigos! and Black & Blanco, the final installments of the five-book ArteKids series. These colorful, bilingual board books feature art from the San Antonio Museum of Art. I am looking forward to sharing the new books… Continue Reading

San Antonio Zoo, and more educational fun on the Broadway Reach

On a cooler, cloudy Saturday morning, my kids and I visited the San Antonio Zoo in Brackenridge Park. So much going on: African children’s choir concerts, San Antonio Bat Fest activities (we did the crafts), Halloween decorations. Next weekend, October… Continue Reading