The first of four Pre-K 4 SA education centers have what they need for the program’s opening day on Monday -- its state licensing and certificates of occupancy -- said Peter Zanoni, assistant San Antonio city manager.
Kathy Bruck, its chief executive officer, said 700 four-year-olds will be split between the North and South Education Centers during the program’s first year, along with 88 master teachers and 88 teaching assistants.
Bruck said interest was high in those positions.
She said for example, there were 500 applicants for master teachers came from as far away as Japan and Alaska.
Bruck said besides having at least five years teaching experience, she was looking for added qualities.
“Teachers that demonstrated a lot of flexibility, openness to new ideas, very innovative, very open to working with families,” Bruck said.
Rebecca Powers, who been a pre-K teacher for 13 years, was among those hired.
“Having those kids come in the first day, it’s going to be exciting and memorable, very memorable,” Powers said
Bruck said parents on the waiting list are being contacted because some of the families that were chosen by lottery have either moved away or changed their minds for whatever reason.
But she said that does not indicate a lack of interest.
“No, the interest is there. We still have a lot of families on the waiting list,” Bruck said.
Bruck said parents are invited to “Meet the Teacher” open houses this weekend at both centers, from 4-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.