Appointed in January 2017, Mr. Overfelt proudly serves as the San Felipe Del Rio CISD Board President. First elected in 2012, he is serving his second term as a SFDRCISD Trustee for Place II.
“I was born and raised in Del Rio. Education is a family tradition. My sisters as well as their husbands are both educators. Both of my parents are retired educators. My mom taught for SFDRCISD for 27 years and my father taught for 33 years with Sul Ross State University here in Del Rio. I myself am a History and Government professor with Southwest Texas Junior College.
We have a great school system and great students. As a Trustee, I strive to ensure both our students and teachers have everything they need to be successful. We have come far as a district since my first term on the Board, but there is still work to do. I want to ensure our community’s future and our children’s future by serving our District.”
Mr. Overfelt’s current term on the Board will expire in May 2020.
Mrs. Martinez-Lozano proudly serves on the Board as Board Vice -President. She represents the Place III position and has served in various leadership positions since her first election to the Board in 2010.
Mrs. Martinez-Lozano has over 25 years of experience working in leadership roles within the healthcare industry as a registered nurse. She earned a B.S. in Nursing from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio and a Master of Science degree in Nursing Health Care Systems Management from Loyola University in New Orleans.
“I believe there are many similarities between caring for the sick and education. Nursing is a vocation rooted in helping others as is education.”
“As a Board of Trustee for our District, I commit to focusing on our primary goal of educating our children in a safe environment. Others may gauge our District’s success only through the results of standardized testing, I believe it is just as important to have healthy, happy students who will become contributing members of society. Martin Luther King, Jr once stated, “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
Mrs. Martinez-Lozano and her husband, Alfred, have two children who graduated from Del Rio High School – one is currently attending the University of the Incarnate Word and one Texas A&M University in College Station. She is a proud grandparent of one beautiful granddaughter, Leila Rae.
Mrs. Martinez-Lozano’s current term on the Board will expire in May 2018
Ms. Haynes was first elected to the SFDRCISD Board of Trustees in May 2012. Ms. Haynes has served on the board for four years and currently serves as Board Secretary. She was re-elected for a second term in 2016 and proudly represents the Place VII Trustee position.
Ms. Haynes has an Associate’s Degree in Child Development and has been working in the education field for nine years.
Ms. Haynes’s current term on the Board will expire in May 2020.
Ms. Gonzales is one of the newest members of the San Felipe Del Rio CISD Board of Trustees. Elected in May 2016, she proudly serves as the Place VI representative.
A retired educator and journalist, and a San Antonio native, Ms. Gonzales has been a Del Rio resident since 1982. She earned a B.A.in journalism from Texas State University and a M.Ed. in secondary education from Sul Ross State University. She taught at schools in the San Felipe Del Rio CISD and was an English instructor at Southwest Texas Junior College. She worked at newspapers in Del Rio, San Antonio and Yakima, Washington.
Her husband, Rudy A. Peňa, is a retired art instructor and independent film maker.
"As a board member, I will continue to be a strong advocate for equality. I believe current and future students are entitled to a quality education and all teachers must have the support and resources they need to educate all students specific to individual needs.
"My vision for the school district is to ensure that students will be able to 'survive and thrive' in the 21st Century. They should be encouraged to use their knowledge and skills by thinking critically, applying knowledge to new situations, analyzing information, solving problems, and making decisions. (The Global Achievement Gap, Tom Wagner, Harvard University). 'The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn." - Alvin Toffler, Rethinking the Future.
Ms. Gonzales’ current term on the Board will expire in May 2020.
Mr. Smith is one of the newest members of the San Felipe Del Rio CISD Board of Trustees. Elected in May 2016, he proudly serves as the Place I representative.
Ken Smith, is a native Texan born and raised in Amarillo. Texas. He attended West Texas State University and majored in Business. He worked full time as a high school and college student. As a general manager for Cd. Acuna and Del Rio, Mr. Smith has been working with Alcoa for 27 years.
As a community member and leader, Mr. Smith has served as committee chair for Cub Scouts Pack 222, Board Member for the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce and the Del Rio National Little League, and has participated in bilateral community support for Cd. Acuna and Del Rio.
“Family is #1Priority”. Mr. Smith and his wife Chely of 17 years is from San Carlos, Coahuila Mexico, and they are proud parents of three sons; Cody, who is in the US Navy based in California; Wesley, who currently is in the 10th grade; and Willson, who is in the 7th grade. Wesley and Willson both attend SFDRCISD schools, and are both active in the Gifted and Talented, Student Council and Robotics programs, as well as active in Cross-Country, Baseball, Basketball and Tennis. Both boys have also participated in science fairs at the Regional level.
Mr. Smith’s current term on the Board will expire in May 2018.
Mr. Chavira has proudly served on the SFDRCISD Board of Trustees since 2007, and is currently serving his third term as the Place V Trustee Member. Mr. Chavira has served in several leadership positions such as Board President and Vice-President.
He attended San Felipe High School and upon graduation received a scholarship to attend Howard Payne University to continue his studies and play football. Mr. Chavira completed his undergraduate degree and continued his studies at Texas A&I University in Kingsville where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. He has served the San Felipe Del Rio CISD community as a teacher, coach and administrator. Mr. Chavira states that his goal is “to share with his students and others that good character comes from having a strong passion for education, leadership and service.” His advice to young people is primarily to have a good education, but also states that our youth have to be aware that everything in life is built and based on hard work, and must learn to strive for what they want. He also added, “Surround yourself with people who will drive you to success, people who support you in achieving your goals and push you forward”.
Mr. Chavira’ s current term on the Board will expire in May 2018.
Mr. Meza has proudly served on the SFDRCISD Board of Trustees since 2007, and is currently serving his third term as the Place IV Trustee Member. Mr. Meza has served in several leadership positions such as Board President and Vice-President, and currently serves on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors representing ESC Region XV.
Mr. Meza’s experience in education includes serving as a kindergarten teacher, a 6th grade teacher a middle school principal, and school board trustee. These experiences, as he states, “have equipped me with the knowledge and skills to promote educational excellence for all Texas children through advocacy, leadership and dedication to serve. As a former educator with thirty-seven years of experience, I continue to be a strong advocate for public education and my experience on the SFDRCISD Board has enabled me to gain insight into important issues impacting our geographic region and the state.”
Mr. Meza also serves the community as past president of the Lion’s Club, president of the United Way organization and has been an elected member of the Val Verde Regional Board of Directors. He is a retired educator, all of his children grown up and living on their own. He and his wife Bertha, a huge supporter, have been married for forty-four years.
Mr. Meza’s current term on the Board will expire in May 2018.
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