Forester

Campus Information

Principal:
Kelly Mantle
Vice Principal:
Nicole Guzman
School Hours:
7:45am - 2:45pm
Phone: (210) 397-0200
Fax: (210) 257-1030
Year Open:
2008
School Mascot:
Blazing Dragons
School Colors:
Forest green, Golden yellow

Boundary Information

Bond Information

Construction funded by Bond 2004

Nora Forester

10726 Rousseau
San Antonio, TX 78245

Namesake

An internationally-known reading expert, Nora Forester was committed to making sure every student in the District learned to read, no matter their challenges. She worked tirelessly to improve reading instruction and literacy, and made it her mission to get every student in Northside ISD hooked on books.

Originally, Forester planned to be a social worker but her best friend’s mother, who happened to be the wife of a former mayor of San Antonio, urged her to consider teaching and landed her a job at Edgewood ISD as a second grade teacher.

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An internationally-known reading expert, Nora Forester was committed to making sure every student in the District learned to read, no matter their challenges. She worked tirelessly to improve reading instruction and literacy, and made it her mission to get every student in Northside ISD hooked on books.

Originally, Forester planned to be a social worker but her best friend’s mother, who happened to be the wife of a former mayor of San Antonio, urged her to consider teaching and landed her a job at Edgewood ISD as a second grade teacher.

On her first day of teaching in 1950, Forester met her future husband, James, also an educator at Edgewood ISD. She quickly fell in love with teaching – and James. Their 56-year marriage produced four children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Forester came to work at Northside ISD in 1961 and taught at Cable, Thunderbird Hills (now Powell), Locke Hill, Glenoaks, Leon Valley, and Helotes elementary schools. In 1966, she became the District’s first remedial reading teacher, and she was the first teacher in San Antonio to earn the state reading specialist certification.

Always the trailblazer, in the 1960s, Forester secured a federal grant to put a reading specialist in every school, making Northside one of the first districts in the nation to do so. She became the District’s first Reading Coordinator in 1972, and brought numerous innovative and effective reading programs to Northside ISD.

As President of the Texas Association of Reading, Forester is credited with developing the reading teacher certification program that was adopted by the state Legislature in 1975. She also served on the Board of Directors for the International Reading Association, and traveled to England and Australia to make presentations for the prestigious World Congress of Reading.

Her commitment to student success and her fellow educators has become lore. For example, when Forester came to work at central office, she got special permission to teach an elementary class every morning so that she could make sure her newest program, Reading Recovery, was working.

During a career that spanned a half-century, Forester received numerous honors, including the Literacy Award from the Texas State Reading Association, the Service Award from the Alamo Reading Council, and the Elva Knight Award for Research in Early Literacy from the International Reading Association.

Now retired, Forester continues her contributions to Northside by working with retired teachers and the Northside School Museum Association.

July 28, 2014

While one-on-one communication is the best, in a District as large as Northside ISD it is sometimes difficult. Because we want our parents to stay informed, NISD has several ways that parents and other interested citizens can stay informed about the successes and challenges of San Antonio’s premier school district, as well as news about their children’s schools.

July 28, 2014

More than 5,000 students still need updated immunizations before the start of the school year. Northside ISD is enforcing its “No Shots, No School” policy, which means students who are not up-to-date on immunizations will not be allowed to attend classes when the 2014-15 school year begins on Aug. 25.

March 3, 2014

It’s official! The students have voted and the Dr. Joe Bernal Middle School mascot will be the Black Knights. The school colors will be Black and Gold.