As your headmaster, I will be connecting with you throughout the year, as well as supporting the growth of our students and teachers. I have taught at the elementary level for over 12 years and have also been a head of school for a total of nine years. In 2002, I founded a classical school in the South Pacific, on the island of Tonga, and it was quite an adventure! I was hired by Great Hearts in the spring of 2014, and the GH community has since become an extended family to me. Pursuing truth, goodness and beauty alongside people who are genuine, humble and eager to learn and grow; is an immeasurable blessing…and one that I hope you will experience as well. I look forward to a wonderful year of learning, with you and your children!
I’m thrilled to be part of the founding staff and community of GH Online and I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you! I am married to a wonderful man, Tim, and we have six children who range in age from 13 to 28. We also have a 9-month old Golden-Doodle, named Luci. My work, hobbies and passions intersect in a desire to provide nourishment…to the minds and hearts of children through education and to my family and friends by cooking for them. I also love the nourishment that great books and conversation brings my soul!
Raquel Zapata currently serves as the Director of Academy Operations of Great Hearts Online, overseeing all Academy. Mrs. Zapata also leads Academy efforts in fostering community among our families and serves as the first line of support for all Great Hearts Online families.
Mrs. Zapata has over 20 years of experience in managing teams to design, develop, and deliver customized online educational courses,
including the latest designs in 3D models, augmented/virtual reality, and gamification. Her family is also a Great Hearts Texas founding family. Her experience and passion for Great Hearts, organization management, processes and procedures, and community service are perfectly aligned to allow her to serve our Great Hearts Online faculty and families. With her diverse experience she is able to provide support across all aspects of operations.
Mrs. Zapata lives in San Antonio with her husband and four boys. Her family joined the Great Hearts community as a founding family at the Monte Vista campus seven years ago. She received her Masters in Business Administration from Texas A&M University and dual Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Finance from St. Mary’s University.
Mrs. Zapata is also an active member of the San Antonio community through her service as a San Antonio Police Department Citizens Advisory Review Board (SAPD CARB) Member, City Public Service Citizen Advisory Committee (CPS CAC) Board Member, and as a Westside Development Corporation Board Member.