Campus History

In 1970, ten acres were purchased from Science Park to build an elementary school in the area. Because the land was located in the Culebra Park subdivision, the Northside School District planned to call the school "Culebra Park Elementary." Members of the community then joined together and petitioned the school board to name the school for a famous Hispanic individual since the neighborhood was predominately Hispanic. After extensive research, it was decided that the Alamo hero, Gregorio Esparza, would be an appropriate namesake for the school.


James Resendez
1972-1985

Principal: James Resendez

Vice Principal:
(1984-1985) Eleanor Elder

The school was designed as an open concept school reflective of the multi-age, multi-level philosophy, which dominated educational strategies during that time. The library was the center of the school with classrooms forming the perimeter of the building. Mr. Resendez guided the staff in creating a student-centered school, which focused on meeting the needs of every student

1973

17,000 square foot addition was added to the original back of the building.

1975

A gym was added to the existing facilities.

1977

Another 17,000 square foot addition was completed.


Eleanor Elder
1985-1987

Principal: Eleanor Elder

Vice Principals:
(1986-1987) Mary Lou Mendoza
(1985-1986) Margaret Mitchell

Educational philosophies and trends changed, so during Mrs. Elder's leadership, walls were added to make for a more traditional classroom setting in place of the open concept school. Mrs. Elder also started the San Antonio Fiesta poster collection, which decorates the cafeteria to this day.


Yolanda Molina
1987-1989

Principal: Yolanda Molina

Vice Principals:
(1988-1989) Ramiro Romero
(1987-1988) Mary Lou Mendoza

To present a more inviting look to Esparza, benches were added to the front of the school. Parents and visitors were encouraged to sit and talk whenever they came to pick up their children.


Melva Matkin
1989-2011

Principal: Melva Matkin

Vice-Principals:
(2009-2011) Teresa Pena
(2002-2008) Veronica Segovia-Cadena
(2000-2002) Marta Rivera
(1998-2000) Fernando Lopez
(1992-1998) Rebecca Carmona
(1989-1992) Oralia Gonzalez

Significant changes in the field of education and in the community as well as an increased emphasis on improving student achievement led to numerous changes during these years. Student data and community demographics were studied, and groups met to analyze ways to address the identified needs --- lack of student achievement, lack of student motivation, poor parent involvement, increased mobility, and changing community demographics.


Billy Navin
2011-Present

Principal: Billy Navin

Vice Principal:
(2011-2012) Lisa Morris

1989-1990

Special Education transitioned to an inclusion model, beginning with 4th and 5th graders.

Staff developed a School Vision which committed to creating a stimulating, challenging curriculum and instruction for all learning needs and styles, to providing personal and professional growth opportunities for all staff, and to developing partnerships with parents and community members.

1990-1991

Staff and community studied the Accelerated School Program and decided to adopt its philosophy of high expectations for all and set the goal of having all students performing on grade level by the time they complete fifth grade. Strengths and weaknesses were identified and plans made to address deficit areas.

A 14,373 square foot addition was added to the back of the school creating a Pre-Kinder/Kindergarten wing with Computer Labs.

Esparza became a Performance Contract School with Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Region 20 in a statewide effort to improve student achievement. Region 20 provided guidance and support for restructuring efforts, curriculum development and alignment, and training in Accelerated Teaching and Learning strategies. Waivers were granted by TEA and additional staff development time was provided to accomplish these goals.

1993-1994

Studied the Success for All Reading Model and developed a 1st Grade adaptation for Esparza.

Began the study of Accelerated Teaching and Learning (AT&L) practices and attended our first International Alliance for Learning (IAL) Conference in St. Louis.

Pre-Kinder, Kinder, and First Grade teachers developed the curriculum for our Oral Language Computer Lab for Pre-Kinder through First Grade students to address our students' language deficiency. Funds were allocated from Chapter I (now Title I) for the computers and software. The materials were copyrighted and offered to other campuses.

1994-1995

Selected as the school site for the San Antonio 2000 Model Family Clinic.

Participated in the Northside ISD Academics 2000 Grant.

Became a School Affiliate with the International Alliance for Learning.

1995-1996

First Edition of GREGORIO ESPARZA: Alamo Hero published by Eakin Press. Written by Cahndice Smith Matthews and illustrated by Yvonne Dilley-Cruz.

1996-1997

Celebrated Esparza Elementary School's 25th Anniversary. Students studied the life of Gregorio Esparza and performed in a pageant celebrating his history.

Hosted IAL Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Creation of Esparza Elementary website by Alfredo B. Cruz, campus webmaster.

Creation of Esparza's Kindergarten Garden with Master Gardener Jerry Herrera.

1998-1999

Team of 10 teachers attended the Eric JenSen Brain Workshop in June 1998.

Staff studied Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen.

1999-2000

Team of 10 teachers attended the Eric Jensen Brain Workshop in June 1999

2001-2002

Group of 24 (staff, parents, and community members) traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award.

Launched the first year of our Dual Language Program with one Kinder and one First Grade class.

Celebrated Esparza Elementary School's 30th Anniversary. Students studied the life of Gregorio Esparza and performed in a pageant celebrating his history.

2002-2003

Continued the second year of our Dual Language Program with two Kinder, two First Grade, and one Second Grade classes. As part of the district Dual Language grant, the school was equipped with complete video conferencing equipment.

2003-2004

Training and beginning implementation of the video conferencing equipment began

2004-2005

School began major renovation project to:
*Install New HVAC System
*Add walls and doors to classrooms
*Replace chalkboards with dry erase boards
*Ensure compliance with ADA requirements

2005-2006

Full implementation of The Dual Language Programs in grades K-5.

Began development of the Learning Lab to provide interventions for Special Education and At Risk students.

2006-2007

Qualified to participate in the Governors Educator Excellence Award Program

2007-2008

Campus Technology Upgrade through bond deployment

Melva Matkin, Principal, wrote Gregorio Esparza: Our Namesake for Class Studies

Monies received from the Governors Education Excellence Grant

2008-2009

1st Dual Language Class completed 8th Grade @ Sul Ross Middle School

Monies received from The DATE Grant

2009-2010

Monies received from DATE 2 Grant

Dan Leija, 5th Grade Teacher, named NISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

2010-2011

 

 

Monies received from DATE 3 Grant

Dan Leija, 5th Grade Teacher, Named State of Texas Teacher of the Year.

East Parking Lot Addition was completed

2011-2012

Schoolwide HVAC Upgrade
2012-2013 Summer Flooring Project and Schoolwide Technology Deployment