About Us

ATE General Brochure

Capturing the Intellectual and Creative Potential of Diverse Students

The Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE) located at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the premier higher education institution in South Texas, is grounded in the College of Education and Human Development's (COEHD) “Culturally Efficacious Teacher” model.

ATE is a catalyst for the emergence of the COEHD as a nationally recognized leader in preparing teachers to teach diverse student populations and increasing the number of culturally and linguistically diverse students who enroll and graduate with bachelors and advanced degrees in education. Click here to read more.

Our Mission

Recognizing that UTSA is the premier institution for higher education in South Texas, ATE’s mission is to collaborate with community colleges, community agencies, and school districts by:

  1. Supporting Latino/Hispanic and other ethnically diverse students to overcome financial, psycho-social and institutional barriers. These obstacles have traditionally hindered full participation in a higher education.
  2. Increasing the sensitivity and preparation of faculty to address students needs through culturally relevant curriculum and instruction.
  3. Increasing the number of UTSA teacher certification programs that become nationally recognized for success in addressing culturally and linguistically diverse student populations.
  4. Conducting quantitative and qualitative research that informs administrators, teachers, university faculty, and community members of research-based instructional practices.
  5. Creating accountable partnerships between schools, the community and the university that prepare all students for the 21st Century.

Academy for Teacher Excellence: History and Leadership


Dr. Belinda Bustos Flores
Dr. Belinda B. Flores
Principal Investigator

The Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE) was founded in 2003 by Dr. Belinda Bustos Flores with a US Department of Education Title V Cooperative Development grant from the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program. Dr. Flores has been a Professor and Principal Investigator in the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Department (ILT) and is now the Department Chair of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies. Dr. Flores effectively guides the ATE’s research and secures external funding for the expansion and sustainability of ATE.
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Dr. Lorena Claeys
Executive Director
Dr. Lorena Claeys has been with ATE since its foundation as a program coordinator, director, and co-principal investigator. Dr. Claeys actively engages in current research and the development of proposals to support ATE’s mission.