EXPERIENCED EDUCATOR BUSINESS WOMAN COMMUNITY ADVOCATE
Board Term: Jan. 1, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2021
Georgina Pérez, a Democrat, is the State Board of Education Representative for District 1, representing students, parents, and educators in 40 counties in west Texas and along the Texas/Mexico border. She was elected to a four-year term on the board on Nov. 8, 2016.
Pérez is an El Paso native and proud graduate of Eastwood High School in the Ysleta Independent School District, where she proudly served as an 8th grade English Language Arts and Reading teacher, Department Chair, Pre-Service and New-Service Teacher mentor and Professional Development educator in the same district for more than a decade.
She holds degrees in Business Administration/Accounting and Human Resource Development and holds educator certifications in grade 4-8 Generalist and English Language Arts and Reading, grades 8-12, from the University of Texas at El Paso; amd is the author of Unity Framework - Critical Pedagogy Curriculum - continuing her work in curriculum development and educator training.
Pérez is known as passionate advocate for literacy. She has worked with various organizations and businesses to coordinate a book distribution program and founded Tu Libro, which has provided more than 150,000 books to students who live in rural and impoverished communities in El Paso County and who don’t have regular access to public libraries. Pérez and her team have spearheaded the creation of a library in Socorro, which is the second-largest municipality in El Paso County, providing over 55,000 area residents with free access to reading materials.
In addition to her work with connecting impoverished communities with reading materials, Pérez also led the creation of scholarships, literacy, and fine arts programs for rural communities that often have little to no access to vital education resources. She serves as the founder and director of the Cotton Valley Scholars education program and founder and board president of the Rural Schools Scholarship Foundation. She is the creative director of the Student Civic Engagement programs through Celebrate Freedom Week and an appointed Commissioner to the El Paso County Historic Commission. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for El Paso County’s foster children, a YWCA racial justice ambassador, Secretary of Public Affairs for the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, instructor for the TABSE Texas Education Policy Institute, and member of the National Association of Latina Elected Officials.
As the District 1 representative, Pérez represents Texans in the following counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Brewster, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Dimmit, Ector, Edwards, El Paso, Frio, Glasscock, Hudspeth, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kimble, Kinney, La Salle, Loving, Maverick, McCulloch, Medina, Menard, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Real, Reeves, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, Webb, Winkler, Zapata, and Zavala. She represents both urban and rural constituencies, and more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. Member Perez was also elected by her peers to serve on the State's Long-Range Plan for Public Education, which will establish broad goals for the Texas public school system.
Senator Jose Rodriguez
I'm so honored to receive another important endorsement today. From being a farm worker to graduating college and completing a law degree, Senator Rodriguez knows the value of a good education.
Thank you, Senator Jose Rodriguez!
"Georgina is smart, tough, and well-informed, and will be a huge asset for El Paso and West Texas on the State Board of Education. She is exactly the kind of advocate our students, parents, and teachers need."
"Georgina Perez is a clear choice in the three-way Democratic primary for the District 1 position on the State Board of Education, which covers El Paso and 38 other counties, including most of the Texas-Mexico border.
Perez has deep experience as an educator and administrator, and has made several presentations to the State Board of Education. Her expertise in curriculum development makes her the best-prepared candidate in this race."
State Representative Mary Gonzalez
State Representative Mary Gonzalez
"El Paso -- and Texas, for that matter -- needs someone with Georgina's integrity, values and, most importantly, strength to offer leadership to the State Board of Education. We all have a stake in ensuring the future of our state, the children, have equal access to quality education, and that starts with standards and policies that reflect who we are instead of reflecting the will of special interests. We're lucky to have a candidate of Georgina's caliber.
She's a breath of fresh air who deserves our support."
~Veronica Escobar, El Paso County Judge
"As the son of a school teacher, I understand the value of experience in the classroom. Georgina has been in the classroom and knows the needs of parents, students and teachers. Having her represent our community on the SBOE is exactly what we need!"
-Joe Moody, TX State Representative District 78
"After 40 years in the education field, 22 of them as a member of the the Texas State Board of Education, I know the importance of the position. That is why I am endorsing Georgina Perez to represent District 1 on the Texas State Board of Education. She has been involved in many educational issues. She has worked in partnership with many community groups to better the education of our students. Georgina will make district 1 proud." ~Rene Nuñez
"I am enthusiastic about endorsing Georgina Cecilia Perez for the Texas State Board of Education. Her background, expertise, strong voice, and leadership skills more than qualify her. Importantly, we desperately need to turn that board around so that it once again advocates for PUBLIC schools and strives to provide opportunities to learn for ALL students. Georgina will help do that."
Bonnie Alexander Lesley
Retired public school teacher and administrator, 41 years, including 22 years in Ysleta ISD.
Former chair, Texas Women's Political Caucus.
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