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).  

The Dream Team

Virginia Silva

Founding Principal

Eimile Gavagan

Operations Manager

Sandra Estrada Claflin

Instructional Coach

Liberty Hiese

Instructional Coach

Summer Ahmed

Instructional Coach

Vicky Aguilera Hernandez

Instructional Coach

Michelle Herrera

Family Impact Manager

Bertha Garcia

Front Office Receptionist

Natalie Garza

Pre-K Teacher

Perla Torres

Pre-K Bilingual Teacher

Amanda Lay

Pre-K Teacher

Amira Santin

Kinder Bilingual Teacher

Cassandra Horton

Kinder Teacher

Emily Torres

First Grade Teacher

Valeria Zamarripa

First Grade Bilingual Teacher

Zakiya McDowell

Second Grade Teacher

Jorge Triana

Second Grade Bilingual Teacher

Morgan Brewer

Third Grade Teacher

Vianca Gutierrez

Third Grade Bilingual Teacher

Miguel Rodriguez

Fourth Grade Bilingual Teacher

Amy Singh

Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher

Erin Berkenkamp

Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher

Natalie Galloway

Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher

Cynthia Viles

Fifth Grade Bilingual

Katie Mallette

Fine Arts Teacher

BJ Alzaid

Physical Education Coach

Marena Dunnington

Drama Teacher

Maggie Salazar

Student Support