IDEA South Flores

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

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WHO WE ARE

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.

2008

Year Founded

1604

Students Currently Enrolled

Pre-K – 12

Grade Levels

OUR CAMPUS

Campus Leaders

Hailey McCarthy

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. 

Constantine Polites

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

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