Launching in spring 2017, Relay San Antonio will offer a master’s degree with an emphasis on content and practice to help prepare experienced teachers across the Alamo City to lead students to exciting new levels of success and personal growth.
As founding dean of Relay San Antonio, Julio César Contreras oversees our teacher preparation in San Antonio. Before joining Relay, Contreras served as a Principal Supervisor for middle and high schools in Tulsa Public School District. He began his teaching career as a reading teacher at his elementary alma mater. He later worked at Chicago Public Schools for 12 years, where he served as a teacher, principal, district leader, and finally as a deputy chief of schools. Contreras earned his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Aurora University and a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in TESOL from Illinois State University.
In partnership with San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) and other school partners, Relay will launch two progams in 2017. The Master of Arts in Teaching-Content Intensive program* will enable certified secondary teachers with at least three years of experience to receive 18 hours of graduate-level coursework in their subject area. The Relay Teaching Residency* provides a gradual introduction into teaching, pairing residents with experienced teachers during their first year and preparing them to become full-time teachers in the second year of the program. The partnership creates a robust and selective recruitment pipeline for San Antonio teachers.
*Relay programs will be offered pending approval of Relay San Antonio as an Institute of Higher Education by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.