Karla Tobias, IDEA Team Member and Alumna Works to Help Students and Families Every Day

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. In honor of this important month, we’re spotlighting Karla Tobias, an integral member of the IDEA Team & Family who works every day to help spread awareness of the effects of homelessness on many American families and share important resources for those who may be experiencing it. What […]

Our Veterans Day Hero: John Marquez, IDEA Brackenridge

One of our Veterans Day heroes is John Marquez, IDEA Brackenridge Facilities Team Member and veteran. Mr. Marquez joined IDEA in 2019 and was inspired by IDEA scholars to complete his bachelor’s degree after serving in the U.S. Marines.   IDEA Public Schools and the country observe Veterans Day on November 11 in celebration of […]

Shirley Castillo, Connecting Cultural Traditions in an International Family

Shirley Castillo, Instructor at IDEA Donna College Prep, is a proud Uruguayan who is passionate about connecting and celebrating many cultural traditions with her children, who were born in different countries. Castillo often shares these unique family traditions with her scholars.    Our teachers at IDEA come from various cultural backgrounds and are an integral part […]

Celebrating Facilities Appreciation Day

Our IDEA facilities team consists of our amazing custodians, facilities managers, regional managers of facilities and construction, and HQ staff who go above and beyond to ensure academic excellence by making sure our campuses are running smoothly and students are getting the best educational experience possible.  Maria Raygoza, Custodian at IDEA Bluff Springs  For IDEA’s […]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: A Moment of Reflection with Jose Luis Vasquez

For Hispanic Heritage Month, IDEA is highlighting its Latinx staff members who continue to proudly uphold the cultures and traditions that make them who they are.  Jose Luis Vasquez, Managing Director of Alumni Affairs at IDEA, recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices of his predecessors that afforded him the opportunities he has today.   As we […]

IDEA Staff Spotlight: Ligaya Roa 

We sat down with Ligaya Grace Roa, Distinguished Master RISE Teacher at IDEA Academy La Joya. Ligaya and her husband, Merpu, founded the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce RGV Chapter where she currently serves as a board member. She is also the co-founder of EstherUP and a member of FemCity RGV.  We had a wonderful time […]

SUEperwoman: Bringing Joy and So Much More from the Philippines to the Rio Grande Valley

An IDEA staff spotlight on Sue Gayle Devaras-Marticio  We sat down with Sue Gayle Devaras-Marticio, an advanced and AP (Advanced Placement) Physics Teacher at IDEA College Preparatory San Juan. Sue is currently participating in a teacher exchange program from the “beautiful Archipelago, The Pearl of the Orient – Philippines!” Sue has two amazing children, Mary […]

National School Counseling Week Spotlight: Kristal Cooks

IDEA is proud to celebrate National School Counseling Week 2022 February 7-11, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within our schools. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve success in school and in life. We […]

Celebrating Black History Month: A Team & Family Interview with College Counselor Vickie Walls

Vickie Walls served as a founding teacher at IDEA Bridge College Preparatory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when the school opened in 2018. A former social studies course leader, humanities teacher, and sponsor of Student Government Association and National Beta Club, Vickie recently transferred to become the college counselor at IDEA Bridge College Preparatory. Vickie wears […]

Celebrating National Special Education Day 2021: IDEA Teachers Share Their Passion for Student Success

National Special Education Day 2021 | IDEA Public Schools

National Special Education Day is celebrated every year on December 2! This day commemorates the anniversary of our nation’s first federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, signed by President Ford on December 2, 1975.    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act made public education available to all eligible children with disabilities across the nation and ensured special education and related services were provided for […]