I was born and raised in Del Rio. I attended Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sacred Heart Parochial Schools and Del Rio High School. I am the daughter of the late Santiago T. Gonzalez (who retired from L.A.F.B) and Refugia R. Gonzalez.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and All Level Art and a Masters of Education in Counseling. I also hold certificates in Elementary Education, Bilingual Education, Professional Counselor, Professional All Level Art and Mid-Management.
I have advocated for district staff, parents, students and the community for a total of 42 years. I served in the following positions within the school district: elementary teacher, gifted and talented teacher, counselor, district counselor supervisor, middle school assistant principal, principal at Dr. Lonnie Green, Dr. Fermin Calderon, and East Side, bilingual coordinator and director of Head Start/Pre-K program.
During my years as a school principal, I was a semi-finalist for the H.E.B. Excellence Award for Principals for two consecutive years. I was also selected to participate as a delegate in the People to People Citizens Ambassador Program, an educational program founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities, involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries.
I served on the 2nd Annual Superintendents Symposium & Forum on Current Issues in Bilingual Education alongside Texas State Representative J.M. Lozano and Dr. J. Mejia, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer for South Texas College.
I have worked with the community, parents, teachers, staff and students to establish innovative programs in STEM, subsequently earning H.E.B. awards for Dr. Lonnie Green Elementary and Dr. Fermin Calderon Elementary. Under my leadership, as principal, East Side Elementary Campus was recognized by President Bush for having established the first elementary newspaper with an emphasis on writing. In addition, I actively advocated for Irene Cardwell Head Start/Pre-K program, which earned the campus the Fit Campus Award, the State of Texas Pre-K Center of Excellence Award and recognition in the Texas CEO magazine for innovative science enrichment process.
I encourage and maintain high academic standards. I believe in providing a solid quality educational foundation for all students. We have tremendous teachers and staff working with our students. We must continue to provide teachers and staff with the resources and support needed for the best education possible. Thereby, upholding and maintaining a high performance school district where all stakeholders benefit, especially our students.
It is my belief that education first happens at home, followed by the classroom continually striving to enhance and enrich student-driven experiences. It is vital that all entities work together to create the best education for all children, and to create a safe environment where everyone can feel welcomed. Education is the KEY to knowledge! It is essential that students perform at their highest potential, and are well prepared to succeed in higher education.
Currently, I serve as a volunteer for the National Park service and I am on the Del Rio Police Advisory Board. I have participated in, and completed, the Citizens Police Academy and Border Patrol Citizens Academy. I volunteered in the Del Rio community by teaching religious education classes at both Our Lady of Guadalupe and Sacred Heart parishes for 18 years, served as a member of the pastoral council and completed the formation program in Pastoral Lay Ministry from the Oblate School of Theology.
I am married to retired police lieutenant Steven T. Webb and have three daughters and two step-sons. All my daughters and step-sons graduated from Del Rio High School. My daughter, Angelyn, is an attorney in Arizona, having attended the University of Notre Dame and the University of Arizona, James E. Roger College of Law. My second daughter, Jessica, also attended the University of Notre Dame earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Media Arts and Graphic Design and a Master of Arts in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. My third daughter, Salyna, earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing with Distinction from the University of the Incarnate Word . My eldest step-son, Chris, joined the United States Air Force upon graduation and is employed in Burleson. My second step-son, Ben, obtained an associate in Electronic Engineer Technologies from ITI and is employed in Dallas.
Mrs. Guanajuato-Webb’s current term on the Board will expire in May 2022.
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