From pre-school to post-grad, educators from all levels gathered at the South Texas School Expo Saturday with about 500 students, many of them with their parents, who were offered an array of educational opportunities under one roof.

Hosted by KSAT 12 and sponsored by the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio at the North Star Mall, the second annual one-day event also reached out to adults considering second careers.

“Education is more important than ever in today’s tight job market,” said Phil Lane, KSAT 12 president and general manager.

An added draw were members of the KSAT 12 News team who spent the day personally meeting the viewers who tune in daily.

Yet many also came to learn more about the San Antonio area schools that were represented throughout the mall.

“I think it’s tremendous to be able to provide this information because it’s so needed by our young people,” said Jose Garcia, special assistant to the provost at Texas A&M San Antonio.

A 30-year veteran educator in South Texas, Garcia said he was impressed by the questions being posed by young people like Carina Mendez, an aspiring meteorologist.

“We’re learning about going to college. It’s a college preparatory school,” Mendez said. “To have this is very, very good.”

Esther Perez also was there with her mother to discover her best options as a student.

“I want to be a bilingual education teacher,” Perez said.

Perez said although she speaks French and knows some sign language, she wants to pursue an English-Spanish curriculum.

Tony Garza is a college-educated dad looking forward to his son in elementary school following in his footsteps.

“The more he’s around it, hopefully he’ll say I want to do the same thing as well," Garza said.