MISSION & VISION
The Gates-Cameron Network is a network of public schools committed to creating a “community of learners” where students are provided a personalized learning experience and encouraged to take risks and think critically in order to achieve success in college, career, and life.
Gates-Cameron Network Director
FOUNDER, NETWORK DIRECTOR
Sonya Mora is a nationally-recognized turnaround principal with over 20 years of experience as an instructional leader. As the founding director of the Gates-Cameron network, she is committed to scaling the impact of the network to expand access to high-quality schools in Texas. Prior to launching the network, Sonya served as the principal of Gates Elementary, leading the turnaround of one of San Antonio’s most under-performing schools. During this turnaround, the campus performance in Math and Reading grew by over 2 grade levels while the campus improved from a “F” to an “A”-rated campus.
During this period of rapid growth, Gates was serving as a beacon of what is possible for urban schools across the district. She designed, implemented, and led multiple aggressive initiatives, which led to improved academic performance resulting in over 15 campus distinction designations from 2016 to 2019.
Sonya has been an educator in San Antonio ISD for 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in early childhood and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership. Her passion for curriculum and instruction led her to earn another Masters in Education in Elementary Math at Texas State University.