Libana Zamudio Milender was born and raised in Del Rio, Texas and graduated from Del Rio High School in 1986. She is a 1990 graduate of Texas A&M University. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics with a minor in Physics. Coming from a long line of educators, she began her teaching career in Del Rio in the fall of 1990. She taught Mathematics and Physics at Del Rio High School for 22 years. In 2007, she received her Master of Education Degree from Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College. In 2013, she became the Dean of Instruction at DRHS and Assistant Principal in 2014. She was selected to be the Instructional Technology Curriculum Coordinator for San Felipe Del Rio CISD in 2016.
In her 27 years at SFDR-CISD, Mrs. Milender has been a champion of promoting the educational opportunities of students in the schools of Del Rio. She has served as an Academic UIL Coach in Mathematics and Science, Sponsor of the Physics Club and has been involved in bringing new curriculum to the district in the area of Physics for Engineering and Science majors. She has been a member of several programs for the continuing education of teachers most notably the GeoForce Program from the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas and the Enrichment Experiences in Engineering for Secondary Educators by the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. She also served as one of the first Master Teachers for the latter. As a member of these two programs, Mrs. Milender promoted her involvement to other educators at her school and had several of them chosen to be a part of these programs which broadened their teaching experiences as a result.
It has been her goal to increase the opportunities for her students by sharing the new knowledge and skills that she has gained from professional development programs and showing them that they can achieve great things by taking risks. She has long believed that being far from a metropolitan area is not a hinderance, just a small obstacle. She was chosen to participate in NASA’s Fly High Program and took a team of 8 students and 3 teachers to Johnson Space Center to participate in a design challenge with NASA engineers to develop a mechanism that could be used on the Space Shuttle. Seven of the eight students chosen have completed degrees in STEM fields. One of these students has earned her PhD in Aerospace Science. She was also one of the first Project Lead the Way teachers when the district adopted the program.
Promoting STEM and STEM related fields has been a primary focus of her career and she is ready to continue to do so as the new Principal of Roberto "Bobby" Barrera Elementary.
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