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Beloved SAA Spanish Teacher Announces Retirement after Serving 28 Years

Posted On: 1/26/2017 10:17 AM

Sra. Luisa Bolen will retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year

“The moment I walked on campus and into John Webster’s office I fell in love with San Antonio Academy. I had found a place that I could call home and join a great family. The day John offered me a contract changed my life forever. Thank you, John, for believing in me.”
                                                                                                                               – Luisa Bolen  

Luisa Bolen began teaching at SAA in 1989, where she rose to the challenge of creating a Spanish department that spanned both primary and upper school boys. Fast forward over two decades later, Se?ora Bolen leads an outstanding Spanish program to include two master teachers, Mrs. Natalie Bock and Mrs. Iliana Hieger. 

“When Luisa began teaching at SAA, she taught Spanish in every grade level. Immediately, the quality of our Spanish program reached new heights,” says John Webster. “Luisa is a Spanish teacher par excellence. That said, what distinguishes Luisa is her love of our boys. She cares deeply about our guys and has been their advocate, coach, cheerleader and mentor for twenty-eight years. When alumni return to campus, they always stop by to see Sra. Bolen, give her a hug and thank Luisa for her impact on their lives. She has been there for generations of Academy boys, enriching their lives and preparing them for success in the classroom and in life. We applaud her outstanding career and thank her for making SAA a stronger school,” he remarks.

During Luisa’s twenty-eight years at SAA, she has become a student-favorite. Luisa is synonymous with all things eighth grade: she teaches 7th & 8th grade Spanish, serves as the 8th grade sponsor, coordinates the senior class trip, chairs the Spanish department, mentors the boys, and attends dozens of Academy alumni events and activities each year. When graduates return to The Academy, their first stop is invariably to see “Se?ora Bolen,” who had a major impact on their lives, so much so, that in 2015 they made her an official ‘SAA Honorary Alumna,’ the only female to hold that title. Her love and dedication to SAA and “her boys” will leave a lasting impression on our school.

“I will forever be thankful to San Antonio Academy for making my life full. It is an honor to have worked with outstanding peers and administration, and mostly to have met so many wonderful boys. I love you all.”

Luisa’s impressive list of accolades includes Spanish Teacher of the Year in 2005 awarded from the AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese), where she also served as the local chapter’s President (2002-2004); and Vice-President (1999-2001). 

Although Sra. Bolen will no longer be teaching in the classroom after her retirement, she wants us to know that ‘this is not a goodbye.’ As an Honorary Alumna she will be present at many alumni events and promises to visit often.
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