STISD Board Member Recognized for Years of Service on State Board

STISD Board Member Maria Leal Recognized for Years of Service on State Board
Posted on 09/26/2016
Maria Leal and student at graduationDuring this year’s Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA)/Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Annual Conference, held last week, TASB recognized Maria Leal of Palmhurst for 12 years of service on the organization’s board of directors.

Leal was elected to the TASB board of directors for the Region One B Position in 2004. She served three consecutive terms – the maximum number of terms that can be served – and retired from the board at the end of the conference.

According to TASB, a TASB director represents his or her region on the board, guiding the organization to ensure that the association fulfills its mission to provide advocacy, visionary leadership and high-quality services to members.

“For the past 12 years, I have dedicated my time and energy as a strong proponent of issues pertinent to schools in the Rio Grande Valley through my years of service on the TASB board of directors,” said Leal. “My passion is children, and providing them with a good-quality education.”

Leal, a retired business owner and current secretary of the South Texas Independent School District (STISD) board of directors, has dedicated over 40 years to bettering education for the students of Texas by serving in numerous capacities: Federal Relations Network member; TASB board member and director; Mexican American School Board Members Association (MASBA) board president and member; Region One School Board Association presenter and facilitator; Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) board member, facilities sub-committee member, band booster club member and key communicator; and National School Boards Association member.

To give back to the local community, she also served as a Catholic Daughters of America member, Lions Club member, Valley Aids Council board member, Mission Boys & Girls Club member, and Mission Adult Education Advisory Council board member.

She was appointed to the STISD school board in May of 2002, and is serving her fourteenth year on the board. As an STISD board member, Leal has served as the finance sub-committee co-chair and as a member of the buildings and grounds sub-committee. Also in support of the district, she has participated in the district’s Strategic Planning Committee and has acted as a liaison to the STISD Education Foundation board of directors.

Leal’s commitment and passion to serving students and her community landed her an induction to the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame. She also received the Texas Lions Foundation Fellow Award and the Friends of Special Education Award.

“As a local school board member and TASB director, my passion for students has driven each and every decision I have ever made, and will continue to make as I serve students in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Leal. “I have a sincere desire to continue to be an active TASB member, and will take with me the knowledge gained from my experiences serving on the TASB board to my position as secretary on the STISD board, where I will do everything in my power to continue to support this fine educational institute—a nationally- and state- ranked district.”