Our Story

Democracy Prep at the Stewart Campus launched operations in August 2018 in partnership with the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD). 

P.F. Stewart Elementary School has a long legacy of serving students and families on the southeast side of San Antonio.  Rich in history and tradition, our neighborhood boasts many community assets such as Comanche Park, South Side Lions Park and the Schaefer Library among many other jewels of the southeast side.  

P.F. Stewart was the Superintendent of the Bexar County schools at the turn of the 20th Century and was known for visiting schools throughout the country in his horse and buggy.  

Democracy Prep and SAISD are working in partnership to ensure that ALL students are prepared for success in a college of their choice and a life of active citizenship.  Democracy Prep is providing all academic programming on the campus while SAISD will still manage operational supports on campus (such as food services, transportation and facilities).  

Board of Directors

Democracy Prep Texas Board Members

Ben Peavy, Managing Director, Accenture
Dan Menelly, Chief Executive Officer, DoSeum
Jonathan Howard, VP,  SelectEd
Kent Anker, EVP, Democracy Prep Public Schools
Denise Ojeda, Parent Advocate

Board Meeting Dates

Wednesday, August 26th at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 27th, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 24th, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 28th, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 26th, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2020 at 6:00 pm

The Dream Team

Virginia Silva

Founding Principal

Sandra Estrada Claflin

Operations Manager

Verandah Shepard

Dean of Culture

Summer Ahmed

Instructional Coach

Vicky Aguilera Hernandez

School Counselor

Michelle Herrera

Family Impact Manager

Bertha Garcia


Monica Rangel

Data Clerk

Derek Lockhart

Dream Coach

Natalie Garza

Pre-K Teacher

Maria Molina

Pre-K Teacher Assistant

Juana Banderas Mares

Pre-K Teacher

Samantha Orcasitas

Pre-K Bilingual Assistant

Perla Torres

Kinder Bilingual Teacher

Cassandra Horton

Kinder Teacher

Israel Rodriguez

First Grade Teacher

Emily Torres

First Grade Teacher

Valeria Zamarripa

First Grade Bilingual Teacher

Ashley Crandall

Second Grade Teacher

Karen Lopez

Second Grade Bilingual Teacher

Kelsey Robles

Second Grade Teacher

Hayley Morrill

Third Grade Teacher

Priscilla Garza

Third Grade Teacher

Vianca Gutierrez

Third Grade Bilingual Teacher

Manuel Posada

Fourth and Fifth Grade Bilingual Teacher

Miguel Rodriguez

Fourth and Fifth Grade Bilingual Teacher

Shakeisha Harris

Fourth Grade Teacher

Myra Peralez

Fourth Grade Teacher

Marcus Castillo

Fifth Grade Teacher

Morgan Brewer

Fifth Grade Teacher

Sabina Flagmeier

Sixth Grade Teacher

Alyssa Pepio

Sixth Grade Teacher

Andrew Dixon

ACT Teacher

Monica Lara

ACT Bilingual Teacher

Nesbit Mongare

ACT Teacher

Julie Rodriguez

ACT Teacher

Rachel Tyler

ACT Teacher

Diamond Roberson

ACT Instructional Assistant

Christopher Sancho

Physical Education Teacher

Marena Dunnington

Drama Teacher

Katie Mallette

Visual Arts Teacher