Carnahan

Campus Information

Principal:
Lisa Turner
Vice Principal:
Seungyun Oh
School Hours:
7:45am - 2:45pm
Phone: (210) 397-5850
Fax: (210) 561-2050
Year Open:
2008
School Mascot:
Cardinals
School Colors:
Red, Black

Boundary Information

Bond Information

Construction funded by Bond 2004

Peggy Carnahan

6839 Babcock Rd
San Antonio, TX 78249

Namesake

Known as an innovative leader who thinks outside the box, Peggy Carnahan has spent more than 40 years improving science education for Texas public school children.

Carnahan grew up in Bandera, Texas, where she spent much of her time outdoors among plants and animals. It fostered a love of science that she was eager to share with others. So after graduating from college and marrying her husband, Bill, she made it her mission to instill that same love of science in children.

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Known as an innovative leader who thinks outside the box, Peggy Carnahan has spent more than 40 years improving science education for Texas public school children.

Carnahan grew up in Bandera, Texas, where she spent much of her time outdoors among plants and animals. It fostered a love of science that she was eager to share with others. So after graduating from college and marrying her husband, Bill, she made it her mission to instill that same love of science in children.

Jay High School was a brand new school when Carnahan was hired there in 1967 to teach biology and physical science. Carnahan strongly believed in hands-on activities and field trips to places like Big Bend and the Texas Coast so that students wouldn't just learn about science but could actually experience it.

Her approach, she admits, wasn't always orthodox.

If she had students who didn't speak English, she put them in her honors biology class so that they could learn science ( and a new language ) alongside the brightest students.

She had her students create outdoor exhibits to show the flora and fauna of each region of Texas, then invited elementary students to come learn about ecology. High school students guided the elementary students through the elaborate displays, which were an institution at Jay High School for 13 years.

In 1981, Carnahan was promoted to central office and became the District's secondary science supervisor. She left the District after 20 years of teaching, but her contributions to Northside haven't ended.

She now is the director of Our Lady of the Lake University's Center for Science and Mathematics Education, which offers innovative educational and professional development programs for science and math teachers from public schools throughout San Antonio and the surrounding area. Now, she helps teachers teach children to love science, and her efforts have made it possible for hundreds of teachers to earn graduate degrees, tuition-free.

Her impact on science education has been recognized statewide. In 1978, she became the first woman to be named a Texas Academy of Science Fellow. In 1980, she achieved another first when she was named the statewide Teacher of the Year by the Texas Education Agency. It is the first and only time a Northside teacher has earned that prestigious honor. And just this past summer, Carnahan received the Nita Beth Camp Legacy Award from the Texas Regional Collaborative for a lifetime of dedication and leadership in teaching.

Dec. 2 - Graduation dates for 2014 announced

Graduation dates for 2014 announced: http://www.nisd.net/news/articles/53469

Aug. 28 - Senior citizens can stay connected with the Northside Gold Card

Senior citizens can stay connected with the Northside Gold Card: http://www.nisd.net/news/articles/53108

Feb. 28 - All elementary schools get surveillance cameras

All Northside elementary schools will have digital security surveillance cameras and access controls installed over the next 18 months. The $13.4 million project was approved by voters in the School Bond 2010 election. In the wake of the recent shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, this project takes on added urgency. [read more...]

Feb. 28 - Kinder Roundup, April 15-19, 2013

Kinder Roundup will be held in April. Click here for more information and locations.