Col (Ret.) Steve Marshall
Dear San Antonio Academy Families,
On behalf of the faculty and staff of San Antonio Academy, welcome to the Wildcat family and our Military Program! The Military Program is designed to enhance the school’s rigorous educational curriculum with a focus on developing young leaders of character committed to the school’s values of “Being Honest, Being Kind, Being the Best You Can Be.”
You can read about my military history here. I come from a family of educators. I have three sisters who are teachers. I spent my elementary school years in a small East Texas town where my dad was a State Championship football coach and later a high school principal. Later we moved to Austin where I completed high school and dad became the director of the UIL.
My wife of 37 years is the former Miss Glory Beth Barnes, known to her friends as GB. She is a retired Orthodontist with her office in Alamo Heights. We have one child, J.B., who is in his final year at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY (Go Army! Beat Navy!) Our precious boy, now a man, got his start at SAA. It was his experience at San Antonio Academy that led him to seek an appointment to West Point.
Our experience at SAA as a family, and for me as a member of its staff, has been fulfilling and dear to our hearts. There are times when I stand at the top of the stairs of the main office or sit under the oak tree and take it all in; the tradition, the energy, the love and care this school provides to these boys who will someday become men.
As such, I owe a debt to this school. It made my son what he is today. It has given him the tools and grit to match a rigorous educational curriculum, developed in him a love of competition, and given him a desire to be the best he can be. It has also given him a network of close friends (the Bond of Brothers is real!), and taught him right from wrong, and the value of integrity and being trustworthy.
Your sons are at The Academy during a very challenging period in our history — one that will test our mettle, resolve, and resiliency as a community and a people. For the next school year, those qualities will be put to the test as your sons undergo a challenging education curriculum and leader development experience.
My office will always be open to you, so please contact me if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by cell/text at 210-733-7331, ext. 205
Col(Ret.) Steve Marshall
Director of the Military Program & Student Life