Our dedicated staff is the heart of the school. Their collaboration with the ACE School Board, the larger church family of University United Methodist Church, community agencies, foundations and the families of our students creates an atmosphere that encourages students to grow socially and academically.
All ACE teachers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Those who teach specialty course work have had significant experience working with students who have special needs. All strive to be in relationship with the students and are committed to helping students stay actively engaged in learning. Development of new skills is encouraged through use of hands-on activities, which focus on learning that connects to the real world.
- Anne Zuber is Executive Director of ACE and a classroom teacher .She received a BA in Elementary Education from Trinity University and a MS in Special Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Anne began her teaching career in Omaha in a self-contained behavior management classroom. From there she taught in a resource classroom for students with learning disabilities and was also responsible for standardized testing. After five years of service in Omaha, Anne moved back to San Antonio in 1979 and taught in the Northside Independent School District for 28 years. She began in a self-contained unit for students with severe behavior issues. She also taught 2nd and 5th grade serving as a team leader for a number of years. During this time Anne designed and implemented a writing program covering the major genres with awards given out on a monthly basis. Anne’s last 12 years of teaching, she taught in a resource room which became an Academic Mastery Center where special needs students where taught the core subjects, math, language arts, and reading. Anne taught a total of 33 years in the public school system. She was very involved in Special Olympics and was awarded the honor of “Coach of the year”. Upon retirement from the Northside Independent School District she joined the ACE staff in 2007. Anne along with two staff member and the assistance from Board members worked laboriously preparing for the external accreditation review, resulting in exemplary scores. She is a participant in a coalition of service providers called, “Autism Links for Life”, whose goal is to create a comprehensive system by working collaboratively to improve the opportunities and outcomes for individuals with Autism and their families.
- Ida Ross is Director of Operations, Vocational Coordinator, and a classroom teacher for Achievers. She is a graduate of Lamar University and has taught academics and vocational skill on many levels. Ida started her teaching career at Lamar University – Port Arthur and served as Department Chair. She has taught at San Antonio College, Natalia HS, and John Marshall HS, where she served as Chair of the Business Department. During this time, Ida was on two Southern Association Accreditation teams for San Antonio schools. Ida’s special education immersions over the last twenty years include Resource Room teacher, teaching assistant in In-School Suspension, Emotionally Handicapped and MR classes, and Reading Remediation teacher. Since joining Achievers in 2005, Ida has been part of the administrative team and a full-time classroom teacher. She developed the Vocational Program that allows students to have real-world experience at UUMC “job sites”, edited and expanded the ACE Curriculum Binder and Staff Handbook which assisted in producing exemplary scores in both of the last two five-year accreditation external review visits.
- Annette is Operations and Events Coordinator. She directs all our fundraising events, writes the copy for all our newsletters/print media and manages everything in our busy ACE office. She has managed and directed children’s ministries and youth ministries for over 20 years. During that time she developed and implemented curriculum for Children’s Church classes, developed parent training seminars to benefit the community, and worked with and counseled at risk youth. She began her administrative career in the Communications Department at KCI as a lead analyst and during that time received a nationally recognized award as the editor of an in-house departmental news publication. With a heart and passion for protecting and serving children, in 2008 she received over 35 service hours of training and 60 hours of in-service training from the Texas Department Of Family And Protective Services (DFPS) through Lutheran Social Services Of the South in 2008 for fields of study including: Early Childhood Development, Behavioral Management and Intervention, Conflict Resolution, Administering Psychotropic Medication, Child Attachment Disorders, Loss And Grief Counseling, Recognizing And Identifying The Effects Of Abuse, Neglect and Sexual Abuse, and Universal Precautions Training. She and her husband have since adopted two children who have learning challenges and continue to serve and help the children in the community through various ministries.
- Janet Roper is our Guidance Counselor. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education (Major Biology) degree from Southwestern University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her Master in Education – Counseling and Guidance degree through Trinity University Graduate Scholars Program. She taught science at the secondary level for 10 years, was selected as Middle School Science Teacher of the Year for Northeast ISD and Middle School Science Teacher of the Year for the State of Texas in 1984. Janet also wrote curriculum for the NEISD and helped to develop assessments used by the state of Texas. She served as a counselor at the elementary school level for 20 years, and was awarded Educator of the Year at Oak Meadow Elementary and Lifetime membership in PTA (twice). Working in collaboration with regular education and special education staff members, she implemented a dynamic peer mentoring program for 10 years which paired over 50 students from typical classrooms with students in self-contained special education classrooms. During that time Janet co-authored Creative Coaching: A Support Group for Children with ADHD. She presented workshops associated with the book in San Antonio, at the state level, and at the national level. She was awarded the Professional Writing Award by Southwest Texas Counseling Association and Professional Writing Award by Texas Counseling Association. Following a brief retirement, she served as Executive Director of Achievers for 5 years. Following a 2nd retirement, she returned to work part time as a science and social skills teacher and counselor at ACE.
Julie Hoog has been hired as a third teacher this year for Achievers!.She has recently retired from NISD with numerous accolades and also earned several certifications in various areas of special education during her time there. We are very blessed and excited to have her join our staff.
Julie has 32 years of teaching experience, 25 of those years she taught children with special needs. For the majority of her teaching career she taught children with behavioral difficulties. In 1991 she was awarded Teacher Of The Year for her campus, then Northside ISD, THEN for the entire region!!! She graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Education and a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Reading and also has certificates in mid-management, supervision and physical education. She is happily married and has a 16 year old daughter.