I was born and raised in Laredo, TX, the son of a carpenter and an income tax preparer. Money did not run aplenty in our home growing up, but my parents ensured I never went without. And while I may not have had designer clothes or shoes, my parents constantly reminded me that one day, my education would ensure that I could afford anything I wanted. It was that reinforcement of education that has led me to where I am today.
At the University of the Incarnate Word, I was the founding member and President of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (although life had other plans and I did not pursue a law degree). I was also a staff writer for The Logos student newspaper. My time at Incarnate Word came to a close when I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts in 2002.
After a career in Advertising as an Account Executive representing Latin American Spanish media efforts of such companies as Gerber Baby, PayLess ShoeSource, and Continental Airlines, I elected to switch careers for something more meaningful.
My career in education began as a 4th grade bilingual Language Arts/Social Studies teacher in the Oak Cliff neighborhood in south Dallas. Soon after, I received some of the best advice from my principal at the time. He said, “If you want to move into administration, you will need experience to back up what you ask of your staff, so branch out and work at different grade levels.” I listened and taught high school English I, III, IV, AP Language and Composition, Journalism and Newspaper. While teaching, I pursed a Master’s degree in Education Administration, graduating from Concordia University – Texas in 2009.
After teaching for seven years, I moved to administration and served as an Assistant Principal for seven years at all three levels (elementary, middle, and high school). As an administrator, I wholeheartedly believed in servant leadership – it was at the core of everything I did. To me, being a leader has never been about being the boss or leading authoritatively. Rather, my job was to help teachers see the best in themselves. It was to build up our staff to ensure they taught to their best potential and serve as a resource to all employees. My relationship with families was and continues to be rooted in understanding and compassion. I know our parents seek the best education for their children and our job is to provide a first-class education, no matter where you live or what school they attend.
My husband Bill and I have two children who attend Riojas Elementary, one of which is in the Spanish Immersion program. For me, this election is personal because the decisions of the board directly affect our family, specifically the education of our children.
My goal now is to serve as a voice for all students, families, and school employees. I know how to run a school successfully, make difficult decisions, and I always remember those who we are charged with serving. As a PfISD board member, I will not forget who elected me to the board. I will always carry with me the students we educate and the teachers who selected our district for their employment. I will Stand Up for Students and Teachers every day.