Harlandale ISD educators participate in SAWS leadership program

Harlandale ISD educators participate in SAWS leadership program
Posted on 05/31/2019

Teacher leaders from across the Harlandale district have been meeting once a month to participate in the San Antonio Water System’s CORE Leadership program. 

This program began five years ago to encourage and inspire teachers to strive for personal success. Harlandale ISD leaders Rubina Pantoja and Meghan Guerrero believed in the SAWS program’s message and worked to bring it to the South Side community. 

Guerrero shared, "During every CORE meeting, we had the opportunity to reflect on our dreams and passions, taking a moment to rejuvenate ourselves. This always got me feeling empowered and ready to impact our students’ lives." 

CORE South was formed out of their efforts during the 2018-2019 school year.  The group consists of nearly two dozen educational leaders from Harlandale ISD and other area school districts. Throughout the school year, the group gathered in several South Side locations, including Confluence Park, Harvey E. Najim YMCA and BibloTech, to not only share their personal and professional goals but to also be re-energized by their moving stories. 

“I looked forward to attending our monthly meetings and sharing stories with my fellow CORE leaders.  I genuinely felt appreciated and encouraged,” Bellaire Elementary Teacher Isabel Garza said. “We are so fortunate to have Ms. Pantoja and Mrs. Guerrero organizing the monthly meetings we attended. I can’t wait until next year.” 

The group met for their final gathering of the school year at SAWS Headquarters on May 28.  In addition to listening to an inspiring panel that included Ryan Bernal, owner of Elequa and the H2duO, Arianne Shipley and Stephanie Zavala, each teacher received virtual reality glasses for their classrooms.

Based on the feedback from the participating teachers, CORE South will continue for the 2019-2020 school year.

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