John Folks


Dr. John Folks, one of Texas’ most respected and beloved educators, devoted more than 40 years of his life to public education as a teacher, administrator, and statewide advocate for students.

Before his 10-year tenure as Superintendent of Northside ISD, Dr. Folks served as Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dean of the School of Education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Superintendent of the Midwest City-Del City Public Schools in suburban Oklahoma, and Superintendent of Spring ISD near Houston.

Dr. Folks joined Northside ISD in 2002, and during his 10-year tenure, the District racked up numerous honors, all while facing enormous enrollment growth and serious financial challenges. In 2005, Northside was the first district in the state to receive the HEB Excellence in Education Award, and in 2007, NISD was one of five finalists in the nation for the Broad Prize, the Nobel Prize of education.

Dr. Folks’ most personal achievement came in 2011 when he was named Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards for his statewide leadership and his unwavering and vocal support of Texas public education.

Dr. Folks retired in 2012 and currently is a senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Linda Mora


Dr. Linda G. Mora served as NISD’s Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction from 2002 to 2016 before retiring.  The C&I Division was affectionately called the “heart and soul” of the school district.  Under her leadership, Northside ISD was named a “Recognized” District every year that the designation was offered by the Texas Education Agency.

In 2017, the NISD School Board named a new elementary school in her honor.  Dr. Linda G. Mora Elementary School opens in summer 2018.

Dr. Mora has served as a teacher, Curriculum Director, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at United ISD in Laredo.

Prior to joining NISD, she served as Associate Commissioner of Accountability and Accreditation at the Texas Education Agency, and Director of Statewide Initiatives at Region XIII ESC in Austin.

Dr. Mora is a frequently sought after speaker and consultant.  She is currently a Senior Associate with N2Learning, a consulting service that specializes in customized training.  She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she coaches Northside teacher/interns

Ray Lopez


In conjunction with his corporate experience, Ray has a longstanding, strong civic commitment including key leadership appoints. He has been elected to several high profile governance positions & in May of 2009 he was elected to the City Council of the City of San Antonio, District 6. He held his first elected position in 1990, when he was elected to the Northside ISD Board of Trustee & served three terms, including Board President. After his NISD position, he was elected to the Board for the Education Service Center, Region 20, where he served until stepping down to run for his current City Council seat.

Ray has received recognition for his professional and civic work including being named to AT&T’s Leaders Council & Circle of Excellence, recognized by the Hispanic Who’s Who in Texas & United States & was inducted to the Harlandale ISD Hall of Fame for his life long work in education and community service.