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 eighth-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 is the author of Unity Framework, a critical literacy curriculum, and continues her work
in curriculum development and educator training.
She holds degrees in
Business Administration/Accounting and Human Resource Development and
holds educator certification in grade 4-8 Generalist and English Language Arts
and Reading, grades 8-12 from the University of Texas at El Paso.
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 a library. Pérez and her team
have spearheaded the creation of a library in Socorro, which is the
second-largest municipality in El Paso County. This provides more than 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 Tornillo 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 in El Paso County. She is a court-appointed
special advocate for El Paso County’s foster children, a YWCA racial justice ambassador
and member of the National Association of Latina Elected Officials.
As the District 1 representative, Perez 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.