Dr. Frank Zavala comes from a family of educators. The new Shepard Middle School principal has been working through the summer preparing to welcome students back to school on Aug. 19.
Zavala, who holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a doctorate from Walden University, watched his family’s career paths and wanted to follow.
“My father was a superintendent from Harlandale Independent School District,” said Zavala.
The new principal wants to be a big influencer for students, parents and his staff.
“We have to work together to make sure these students are successful,” making sure reach high school and further their education in college if they want to, he added.
Zavala said students and parents can expect an open door policy from someone who is passionate about education, is fair and listens to both sides of any issues that may come up. He advises them to be open and honest and try their hardest because that’s that he’s going to do.
“Don’t be afraid to step outside the box,” Zavala said.
The lifelong resident of San Antonio’s south side attended private school growing up and attended Palo Alto College before transferring to UTSA. He says the SSAISD community is special.
“It’s a family; it’s small,” he said. “Everybody knows each other and people care about their students.”
As he enters his 16th year as an educator, Zavala makes sure to take time to enjoy some hobbies. An avid Notre Dame college football fan and a loyal Philadelphia Eagles supporter, Zavala also supports the San Antonio Spurs and is excited about the addition of Tim Duncan as an assistant coach with the team. After a good workout, you may find him at the I-35 Diner entering Von Ormy or at B&B Smokehouse on the south side eating a double meat poor boy.
Zavala brought two of his secretaries and a counselor from Kindred Elementary with him for the new school year and his team is working tirelessly to have a successful school year.
“Everything is falling in line,” Zavala said.
To contact Zavala, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.