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.
OUR MODEL: BEGINS WITH INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERS
Our network, starting with the network founder, is comprised of teachers and staff who are instructional leaders and masters of their content. We are committed to ensuring every student has access to a great teacher, and this starts with school, team, and community focused on instruction and learning.
OUR MODEL: PERSONALIZED FOR A STUDENT-CENTERED APPROACH
We take a blended-learning approach rooted in data to personalize the learning journey for each student and celebrate growth. This approach allows our teachers to use technology to increase student engagement as well as provide deeper learning opportunities.
OUR MODEL: FOCUSED ON EXCELLENCE IN MATH & READING
We believe education is the pathway to a more equitable future…starting with math and reading. Our teachers use research-based, high-quality curriculum to ensure all students can access and achieve excellence in the content.
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.