Discovery School of San Antonio

History

Our teachers & staff account for over 300+ years experience in early childhood education.
1974 – 1975 Discovery School of San Antonio incorporates as a parent-governed, non-profit, private preschool
First Unitarian Church  807 Beryl SAT 78213 
    Director: Marian Swellander  
    Staff:
enrollment: 80         

1975 – 1976  
Director: Maggie Gillikin
    enrollment: 84

1976 – 1977 
    Enrollment: 90

1977 – 1978  
Director: Maggie Gillikin / Gail Malmstrom
    enrollment: 95

1978 – 1979  
Director: Connie Pace
     
1979 – 1981  
Director: Nancy Johnson

1981 – 1982 
Director: Sandy Doroughty / Mary Lou Schaeffer
    President of Board: Mary Lou Schaeffer 
enrollment: 84

1982 – 1983  Discovery School relocates in March 1983 
to Woodlawn Christian Church
1744 W. Gramercy   SAT 78201
Director: Mary Lou Schaeffer
    President of the Board: Mary Stanchak
enrollment: 80

1983 – 1984  
Director: Mary Lou Schaeffer

1984 – 1987     
Director : Cindy Cano
    enrollment: 109   

1987 – 1988 
Director: Mary Stanchak
    enrollment: 108   
    President of the Board: Soonalyn Jacob

1988 – 1989   
President of the Board: Soonalyn Jacob
First Discovery School Benefit:  Gala in a vacant 
commercial lease space on 410

1989 – 1990  is accredited by NAEYC  
    enrollment: 108
    President of the Board: Nancy Kenney
Benefit: “Desert Time Machine” at St. Gregory’s

1990 – 1991  Discovery School purchases property in August and moves in to our forever home in October222 Salem  SAT 78201
    President of the Board: Nancy Kenney
enrollment: 120
Benefit: “It’s a Circus Around Here” at St. George 
Maronite 
    
1991 – 1992 Discovery School repays $8660 in parent loans
    President of the Board: Janet Mirza
enrollment: 120
Benefit: “50’s Rock” at Elizabeth Towne retail/business 
center on Blanco Rd

1992 – 1993 Discovery School is reaccredited by NAEYC (one of 16 programs in area)
Discovery School repays $13,000 in parent loans 
    President of the Board: Janet Mirza
enrollment:  175
Benefit:  “Luau” at Oak Hills Country Club

1993 – 1994  Discovery School repays $43,450 in parent loans and re-negotiates remaining debt of $145,000
President of the Board: Sherrie Klein 
enrollment: 163
Benefit: “Big Bands” at Oak Hills Country Club

1994 – 1995  
    President of the Board: Nancy Hurley
Benefit:  Discovery School’s  20th Birthday at 
Celebration Square 

1995 – 1996 Discovery School is reaccredited by NAEYC
    President of Board: Gina Fikes
Benefit: “Sweetheart Valentine” at Celebration Square        Mrs. Ramirez and Mrs. Lawrence celebrate 
their 20th Anniversaries

1996 – 1997  
    President of the Board: Gina Fikes
Benefit:  “Me and My School” at Temple Beth-El

1997 – 1998   
President of the Board: Gina Fikes
Benefit: “Where the Wild Things Are” at Helotes 4H

1998 – 1999  
President of the Board: Debbie Forshey
Benefit: “Rockin’ 50’s” at Aggie Park

1999 – 2000 Discovery School is reaccredited by NAEYC
Discovery School’s 25th Anniversary and Scheben 
Garden dedication
    President of the Board: Sherrye Macha
Benefit: “The Shag-adelic 70’s” at Aggie Park

2000 – 2001  
President of the Board: Katie Reynolds
Benefit: “2001 –  Space Odyssey” at Aggie Park
2001- 2002  
President of the Board: Katie Reynolds
Benefit: “Discovery All Stars” at Aggie Park

2002 – 2003 Discovery is reaccredited by NAEYC
    President of the Board: Suzanne Putz
Benefit:  “Aloha, Luau” at Aggie Park

2003- 2004 
President of the Board: Suzanne Putz
Benefit: “Grecian Festival” at Aggie Park

2004 – 2005 Discovery School makes its final 
“mortgage” payment in October
    President of the Board: Steve Spezia Shwiff
Benefit: “30 yrs of Making a Difference – Discovery 
School’s 30th Birthday” at Aggie Park

2005 – 2006 
President of the Board: Steve Spezia Shwiff
Benefit: “Mardi Gras” at Aggie Park

2006 – 2007  
President of the Board: Leah Mackrell
Benefit: “Fiesta” at Valero

2007 – 2008  Discovery Schools maintains NAEYC 
accreditation
President: Leah Mackrell
Benefit: “Fiesta” at Valero

2008 – 2009  
President of the Board: Laurie Smith
Benefit: at Valero

2009 – 2010  
President of the Board: Kerri Smith
Benefit: “Honoring Sandy Barnes’ 25th Anniversary” at 
Valero

2010 – 2011  
President of the Board: Laura Lopez
Benefit: at Valero

2011 – 2012  “Alice Ramirez Day” proclaimed in Texas House by Rep. Roland Gutierrez 
President of the Board: Alex Cerna
Benefit: “Honoring Alice Ramirez’s 35th Anniversary” 
at Valero

2012 – 2013  
President of the Board: Maria Milk
Benefit: “Honoring Liz Ortiz’s 25th Anniversary” at 
Valero

2013 – 2014  Discovery School is re-accredited by 
NAEYC under the revised, more stringent, criteria 
President of the Board: Wendi Landrum
Benefit: at Valero

2014 – 2015     
President of the Board: Wendi Landrum
    Enrollment: 177
    Staff: 28
Benefit: “Happy 40th Birthday, Discovery School!” 
Honoring Maggie Gillikin at Valero

2015 – 2016 
         President of the Board: Wendi Landrum
Enrollment: 172
Staff: 28
Benefit: “Honoring Alice Ramirez’s 40th Anniversary” 

2016 – 2017
    Discovery School purchases adjacent property, The Butterfly Wing; Discovery School is re-accredited by NAEYC; Alice retires   
              President of the Board: Cory Fritz
    Enrollment:
    Staff: 28
Benefit: Honoring Liz Ortiz (30 yrs), Mary S, Esther Cavazos (20 yrs)

2017 – 2018
    President of the Board: Laurel Whitworth
    Enrollment: 176
    Staff: 28
30th Benefit: Honoring Debra Rogers (25 yrs), Whitney McGinlay (25 yrs) at Valero

2018-2019
President of the Board: Sarah Rodriguez
Enrollment:
Staff:
31st Benefit: Honoring Sandy Barnes (35 yrs.) at St. Mark the Evangelist
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