STISD Board of Directors honors long-time board member for years of service to the district
The STISD Board of Directors and administration recognized long-time board member Eduardo “Ed” Gonzalez of Edinburg for his many years of service to the district during a special called board meeting held on Dec. 9 in Willacy County.
Gonzalez, who joined the STISD Board of Directors 35 years ago, stepped down from his position as STISD board member at the Dec. 1 board meeting. His resignation will take effect on Dec. 31, 2015.
Throughout his time on the board, Gonzalez served in a couple of different leadership positions. He was elected as vice president of the board in May of 1998, and he served in that position until Nov. 30, 2004. On that date, he became president of the board, after Raul Besteiro, president at the time, passed away.
Gonzalez also served on the finance committee as co-chair and committee member.
In his letter of resignation and remarks to the board, Gonzalez expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to have served and shared his hopes for the future.
He spoke of the commitment of the STISD Board of Directors to making the district one of the best in the state and nation. “The academic success of our schools does not happen by chance,” says Gonzalez. “I strongly feel the leadership of our board has a lot to do with that.”
Aside from his involvement with the STISD Board of Directors, he also served as a board member for the STISD Education Foundation, a separate nonprofit set up to raise funds for scholarships and enrichment opportunities for the students of STISD.
Gonzalez’ life work has revolved around education. He started out as a sixth-grade teacher in Mercedes ISD, educating his students on a full gamut of different subjects. After this, he served as director of curriculum and instruction for Edcouch-Elsa ISD for 13 years. Gonzalez was then coordinator of bilingual programs at Region One Education Service Center for 12 years. Next, he served as a principal at two Edinburg CISD elementary school campuses.
Throughout his career in education, Gonzalez also served as an adjunct professor for the school administrator program at several universities, working in the evenings with students pursuing their certificate for superintendency. He worked with the University of Nebraska, Texas A&I (now Texas A&M University Kingsville), and the University of Texas-Pan American (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). His last role in his educational career before retirement was as superintendent of La Villa ISD for four years.
Having experienced the power of education and the effect it had on him and others, Gonzalez believes wholeheartedly in the importance of giving back. Over the years, he has actively participated in a number of civic organizations, providing him with an opportunity to improve the quality of life for the local community.
“Fortunately for me, I was able to get an education, as did most of my friends – and especially at a time when an education was not easy to get – and when you do that, you feel like you owe public service to others.” Gonzalez finds satisfaction in his work. “Public service is a very self-satisfying experience. If you are looking for total life enjoyment, to contribute through public service is a way to get it.”
Appointed by mayor Richard H. Garcia, Gonzalez has served as a board member for the Edinburg Housing Authority over the last three years. Based upon his contributions to this organization, he was recently named “2015 Commissioner of the Year” by the Texas National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).
He has also served in the Lions Club, the Boys & Girls Club and became involved with the American Legion in Edinburg as a veteran of the United States Army. In the Edcouch Elsa community, Gonzalez served as principal of education over the CCD classes at Sacred Heart Church in Elsa.
While Gonzalez enjoys dedicating his time and energy to bettering his community, he also keeps a strong focus on his family. His wife of 55 years, Carmen Gonzalez, has been actively involved within education for 37 years. They are the proud parents of three grown children, who have added to their family six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The STISD community is appreciative of the dedication and student-centered focus demonstrated by Gonzalez throughout the last 35 years.