Dr. Viola M. García, Aldine ISD Board Trustee, was the Lifetime Achievement in Education Honoree. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 402 honored García during its 90th National LULAC Week Anniversary on Thursday, February 21, at Union Station in Minute Maid Park.
García was recognized as an education champion. She has served on the Aldine Board since 1992. During her 26 years of service, the Board has received numerous accolades including Region 4 Outstanding School Board, Texas Award for Performance Excellence from the Quality Texas Foundation, Magna Award from the American School Board Journal and Outstanding School Board Award from Texas Association of School Administrators. These awards celebrate public school professionals for their leadership and dedication as advocates for children.
García’s education activism is not limited to Aldine ISD. She is a retired faculty member of the University of Houston-Downtown. Dr. García has chaired and served on numerous committees at UH-Downtown. She has provided her expertise on a wide variety of topics ranging from academic policy to leadership. She also serves local community entities to develop partnerships with the AISD.
She is active in many organizations. Within these associations, she has taken on responsibilities and chaired numerous committees. Currently, she is a member of Kappa Delta Pi-Omega Chapter, the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), Gulf Coast Association of School Boards, Mexican American School Board Members Association, Parent Teacher Association, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). She served as president of TASB in 2012-2013. Dr. García currently serves on the NSBA Board of Directors representing the Southern Region. She is director of the Bylaws Committee.
The convention honored other education and community advocates, too. The Honorable Gene Green received the Public Service Award, Carlos Salazar from Sam Houston MS&T Center was the Educator of the Year Honoree, and the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders was the Partner in Education Honoree.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney, Deputy Superintendent Selina Chapa, Board Members Rose Avalos, Paul Shanklin, Steve Mead, and Connie Esparza attended the gala to support García. Also present were Able Garza, assistant superintendent of community and governmental relations, and Christina Gómez, assistant superintendent of elementary schools Region 3. Senator Sylvia García also was present.
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