IDEA South Flores

Proudly serving the parents, families and students of San Antonio, Texas.

IDEA South Flores owls mascot


IDEA South Flores sets high expectations for every student and goes the extra mile to make sure every student realizes their own potential. Personalized learning, critical thinking skills, mastery of core subjects is our recipe for success.


Year Founded


Students Currently Enrolled

Pre-K – 12

21-22 Grade Levels


Campus Leaders

Myrna Winer

Principal, IDEA South Flores Academy

Hailey McCarthy graduated with a business degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2008. Following graduation, she began her career in education teaching sixth grade Math with Teach For America in Rio Grande City, Texas where she worked towards closing the achievement gap.

Her experience with Teach for America ignited a passion for educational equity, and in 2010 she moved to Nicaragua to continue her work in education at the American Nicaraguan School as an eighth grade science teacher. While in Nicaragua, Mrs. McCarthy led her fellow co-workers from the position of science department head and grade-level team leader.

In 2012 Mrs. McCarthy returned to the United States and began working with IDEA Public Schools as the Assistant Principal of Operations at IDEA Quest College Prep. In 2013, Mrs. McCarthy was promoted to the role of Principal of IDEA South Flores Academy. She looks forward to continuing and growing in her role as a campus leader, and working towards IDEA’s goal of college for all. 

Rebecca Lopez

Principal, IDEA South Flores College Prep

Constantine Polites joined Teach For America, where he was placed in Roma, Texas to teach 7th grade reading. After his two year teaching commitment, he worked as a Program Director with Teach For America before joining IDEA San Juan as a founding teacher and instructional coach. 

In recent years, Constantine has refined his craft as a manager and instructional coach, leading many teachers toward their individual goals. He completed his Principal in Residence in 2013, and now proudly serves as Principal of IDEA South Flores College Prep. 

Constantine Polites’s parents immigrated to the United States from Greece.  With both of his parents having dropped out in 6th grade, their life opportunities were limited to a life full of hard labor work. Beginning in 7th grade, Constantine had to wake up at the crack of dawn to assist his parents with the family-owned pizzeria. While he wanted to sleep-in to watch Saturday morning cartoons and go to the mall with his friends, he couldn’t. By working in the pizzeria, his parents were teaching him the value of an education. Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005, Constantine was grateful for and proud of his parents stressing the importance of an education.  

Melanie Moran

Assistant Principal of
Operations, IDEA South Flores

Melanie Moran was born and raised in the heart of the south side of San Antonio. She is the youngest of three daughters of parents married 49 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Prior to joining IDEA Public Schools, Melanie thrived in the fine dining industry for 20 years and gained experience in restaurant management for 13 years.   

Melanie is married with one beautiful daughter. Capitalizing on the importance of her daughter’s education, she explored many options. When Melanie researched IDEA Public Schools her heart was set. She strongly believes in IDEA Public School’s core values and mission of sending every scholar to and through college. Her daughter enrolled in an IDEA campus in 2017 and Melanie joined the IDEA South Flores team in 2018.   

She has served as the Assistant Principal of Operations for two years. In her work as Assistant Principal of Operations, she is dedicated to serving IDEA Public School scholars, families, and team with high quality service. Lastly, Melanie enjoys hiking in the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family. She lives by the quote, “Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift”.