Mrs. Rosalinda Gonzalez has a 40-year tack record in education. She was a Pre-K teacher, high school English teacher, guidance counselor, dean of instruction, junior high principal, options high school principal, director of secondary education, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Mrs. Gonzalez has a bachelor’s degree in English, minor in American history, masters in counseling and guidance and a supervisor’s certificate.
Mrs. Gonzalez began her educational experiences as an English teacher in Okinawa, Japan, where she was the director for the General Education Development Center for airmen who needed to acquire their high school diploma. During that time, she developed an interest in dropout recovery programs for students who were struggling in school, and it quickly became a life-time commitment to ensure that all students graduate from high school and are college ready. She continues to be a leader in alternative education as an executive director for Premier High Schools, a model under ResponsiveEd Solutions, a public charter district.
Mrs. Gonzalez was a school board member for the Mission school district for 12 years and was one of the Founding Board of Regents members for South Texas College located in McAllen, Texas. She is currently serving as a member of the board of the Fire and Police Commission for the city of Mission where she also is a life-long member of El Mesias Methodist Church. She and her husband, Ruben, have three children, Elise, Ruben Jr. and Andrea Gonzalez.
“Education has been my life; therefore, I am driven by purpose to serve others and to improve their quality of life. Through the years, I have learned that it’s all about respecting diversity and building relationships. It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve on the IDRA board of directors because I know through personal experience that our mission statement of ‘Creating Schools that Work for All Students’ can become a reality when all stake players are valued and empowered.”
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