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School Mascot: Wolverines

School Colors: Red, Black

Mission Statement:
Lead. Learn. Legacy.
Developing global leaders in Cybersecurity.
Build a community culture of learning, with experiences to enhance the understanding of global communications, cyber security, and information technology.

The Associate Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator.

Veronica Poblano Principal
Veronica Poblano

Veronica Poblano is a product of Northside! She attended Lawrence Powell Elementary School, Pat Neff Middle School, and O.W. Holmes High School. Mrs. Poblano graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She is married and has two amazing children - a son who attends preschool and a daughter who attends a Northside elementary school. Mrs. Poblano can proudly say that not only did she have her entire schooling in NISD, but her entire career in education has been served in NISD with different campus experiences all at the middle school level.

Mrs. Poblano's goal as your principal is to build a strong partnership with students, staff, and families since she knows they are key stakeholders in creating a positive campus culture. Mrs. Poblano knows that it will take all stakeholders working together to ensure the success of all students is attained. Mrs. Poblano's belief is that every student on campus deserves the opportunity to have a great middle school experience. She is proud to be your Principal. Go Wolverines!

Portrait of Matthew Patty
Matthew Patty

Matthew Patty will be joining us after several years of passionate and exciting work in education. Most recently, Mr. Patty has been working as an Academic Technology Coordinator where he supervised several district initiatives including the installation of STEM Exploration Labs at each Northside Elementary School, leading the district’s esport’s program, and managing district professional learning events. Matthew was promoted to this position after spending several years supporting educators as a professional coach. Working directly with the teachers and leadership at three Northside high schools allowed him to internalize the next steps for our Zachry graduates.

After earning degrees from Trinity University (B.A Mathematics, M.A. Teaching), Matthew started his career as a middle school math teacher in NEISD. He eventually found his way to Northside in the unique role of an Online Geometry teacher. Although virtual learning is now extremely common, at the time, Matthew had to work with several district departments to align work and ensure middle schools students from across the district had access to high level instruction. 

An individual that truly believes in public education and the power it can bring to the battle of inequity, Mr. Patty is poised to lead the Zachry Magnet to become a beacon of excellence and is excited about the influence it will have on the Zachry Community as a whole.

Matthew’s daughter, Charlotte, will be attending a Northside Elementary in the fall.

Portrait of Jennifer Dever
Jennifer Dever
Program Coordinator

Jennifer Dever is joining the Zachry Magnet Team as the Magnet School Coordinator.  She comes to Zachry with a wide range of experience in education across grades Pre-K - 12 and has held a variety of positions within education.  She started her career as a high school coach and has held positions as an AVID Tutor, Instructional Assistant, Teacher, AVID Coordinator and most recently as a Student Services Facilitator.  

Ms. Dever is originally from Phoenix, Arizona where she earned her B.A.E in Secondary Education: History from Arizona State University.  She is also a proud military spouse who has had the opportunity to live and teach around the world.  She fell in love with teaching middle school overseas and has never looked back.  Ms. Dever moved to San Antonio, TX in 2017 when she joined Northside ISD as an ELAR teacher and AVID Coordinator.  

As an AVID coordinator, Ms.Dever would always encourage her students to continue to pursue their goals.  She set out to show them that achieving their dreams was possible when she enrolled at Lamar University where she went on to earn her Masters in Educational Administration.

Ms. Dever is excited to bring her experience with global communications and global citizenship to the students at Zachry Magnet School.  Her goal is to support a learning environment where students feel safe and supported as they engage in the learning process and challenge themselves every day. 

Richard De La Garza
Richard De La Garza
Associate Principal

The Associate Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator. They can be reached by email at or by phone at 210-397-7415.

Richard De La Garza is privileged to be able to serve the Zachry/Zachry Magnet community and its stakeholders. He has been with NISD his entire career, which began in 2008 as an elementary special education teacher. After spending several years in elementary education, he decided to transition to middle school in 2012, where he discovered his passion for teaching at the middle school level.

In 2014, Richard accepted the Special Education Support Specialist position, providing behavioral support across the district for six years, including Zachry Middle School. In 2020, Richard decided to return to a campus setting and became an administrative intern at Holmgreen/Jordan MS, later becoming the Assistant Principal for Zachry Middle School. A unique opportunity then arose, leading him to become the Associate Principal at Zachry.

Throughout his career, he has been dedicated to serving the Zachry/Zachry Magnet community and believes in the potential of its students. He views the time spent at Zachry as vital in developing students into productive members of society and is committed to working tirelessly alongside stakeholders to ensure educational success.

Richard graduated from UTSA with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and earned a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. He is married to his wife, Adriana, and has three wonderful kids: Richard "RJ", Hailey, and Alayna. They enjoy embarking on road trips and embracing life's adventures together.

Jaclyn Galvan, Counselor
Jaclyn Galvan

Jaclyn Galvan has joined the Zachry Team accepting a position as the Zachry Magnet Counselor.

Mrs. Galvan has been part of the Northside team working with students for over a decade. She has had the privilege of educating our youth at the elementary level and is excited to be at the secondary level. 

Jaclyn attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and earned an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She began her career with Northside ISD at Glen Oaks Elementary as a fourth grade teacher. Then, she continued her career at Galm Elementary helping to shape our youth into independent thinkers, problem solvers, and future leaders.

Jaclyn earned her Master of Arts in Counseling and began her professional school counseling journey at Cody Elementary. While at Cody she developed a caring and respectful partnership with students, families, staff, and community members to foster student development.

Mrs. Galvan’s mission as a school counselor has always been to empower our youth with the skills necessary to overcome adversity and for our students to become productive citizens present and in the future.

Magnet Office Manager & Bookkeeper -  Bertha Gomez
Bertha Gomez
Magnet Office Manager & Bookkeeper
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