As senior dean of Relay and founding dean of Relay Houston, Chris Fraser oversees all aspects of our teacher preparation in Texas and supports the Relay dean in Denver. Most recently, Fraser taught core pedagogy and secondary social studies as part of the Relay Newark faculty, and served as a Ferguson Education Leadership Fellow in Revere Public Schools. Fraser began his career in Texas education in the Houston Independent School District and later returned to Texas to teach high school social studies at YES Prep. Fraser earned an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.S. in finance from the University of Florida
San Antonio is a city with a rich history and a bright future. You can see the history manifested in its landmarks (the Alamo), food (authentic tacos), personality (Fiesta!) and spirit (pursuit of justice). San Antonio is vision-oriented and has laid out specific goals to become the city it wants to be for our children.
Campus Overview and Salaries
Average teacher salary: $55,486
Average resident salary: $30,000
Learn more about the Relay Teaching Residency, a unique two-year pathway into teaching. Residents are employed by PK-12 school partners as “residents” or apprentices in year one, working in the classroom of an experienced teacher, and then become lead teachers in year two.
San Antonio Independent School District
Social & Education Landscape
San Antonio has a rich legacy of fighting injustice. In 1968, local students organized walk-outs to protest issues they faced in school including: poor physical facilities, lack of rigorous academic content, the ability to speak Spanish without punishment, and Mexican American Studies courses. San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) has a vision that, “By 2020, San Antonio will have orchestrated one of the greatest turnarounds in education in the United States.”
SAISD is planning a number of innovations to achieve this goal, for instance, launching lab schools to pioneer different curriculum and strategies (Relay is leading one of the Lab Schools), condensing separate elementary and middle schools into K-8 academies, and launching more Pre-AP and advanced courses for secondary students.
+ City Fun
Fiesta is a week-long festival in April that honors the fallen soldiers from the Battle of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto. The culminating event is the Battle of the Flowers Parade, which is a huge holiday for the city (it is also a school holiday).
The Alamo, one San Antonio’s signature tourist attractions, is located in the heart of the city. The city also created “Mission Reach”: bike trails that connect four additional missions.
While the commercial part of the Riverwalk is one of the best known aspects of San Antonio, the Riverwalk goes far beyond shopping. You can take a boat tour or follow the Riverwalk down South for a beautiful walk or jog.
Check out a Spurs game at the AT&T Center—there is a great food truck area!
+ Getting Around
VIA Metropolitan Transit provides bus, van, and street car service in San Antonio, averaging 120,000 trips every weekday. Streets can be narrow and parking is limited in the city, so public transportation is encouraged. Learn more at http://www.viainfo.net/.
+ News Articles
Recalling the Walkouts of 1968, San Antonio Express-News
San Antonio's School Inequity Rooted in City's History of Segregation, The Rivard Report