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Diana E. Gonzales


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 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 2024.

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away” – Henry David Thoreau"