Board Term: Jan. 1, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2021
Georgina Cecilia 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 over 900 miles 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 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.
Pérez holds educator certifications in English Language Arts and Reading for grades 8-12 and Generalist certifications for grades 4-8 from the University of Texas at El Paso. She holds degrees in
Business Administration/Accounting and Human Resource Development.
She is the author of Unity Framework: Critical Literacy Lessons. Pérez continues her work in curriculum and framework development, educator training, and creating access and equity in pubic education. She was also elected by her SBOE peers to serve on the state's Long-Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee, which helps to establish broad goals for the Texas public school system.
She is recognized for her leadership on Path2Diploma, an initiative resulting from Senate Bill 463, which allows school districts to grant high school diplomas to individuals previously denied diplomas due to standardized testing requirements.
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, providing more than 55,000 area
residents with free access to English and Spanish reading materials.
Pérez is the founder and president of the Rural School Education Program & Scholarship Foundation for students and families in El Paso's rural communities. Her initiatives include mentorship programs for graduating seniors, awarding scholarships to students, and grant to classroom teachers.
She is the founder and creative director of the Texas Student Civic Engagement Project, an appointed commissioner to the El Paso County Historical Commission, and a YWCA racial justice ambassador.
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. She represents urban, suburban, remote, and rural constituencies cover more than 900 miles of the Texas-Mexico border.