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Georgina Pérez is the author of Unity Framework: Critical Pedagogy Curriculum and serves as a Texas State Board of Education Representative for District 1. She represents students, parents, and educators in 40 counties in west Texas and along the Texas/Mexico border. She was elected to a four-year term on the board on Nov. 8, 2016. Pérez is an El Paso native and proud graduate of Eastwood High School, where she proudly served as an 8th grade English Language Arts and Reading teacher, Department Chair, Pre-Service and New-Service Teacher mentor and Professional Development educator in the same district for more than a decade. Pérez is known as passionate advocate for literacy. She has worked with various organizations and businesses to coordinate a book distribution program and founded Tu Libro, which has provided more than 150,000 books to students who live in rural and impoverished communities in El Paso County and who don’t have regular access to public libraries. Pérez and her team have spearheaded the creation of a library in Socorro, which is the second-largest municipality in El Paso County, providing over 55,000 area residents with free access to reading materials.
Pérez holds degrees in Business Administration/Accounting and Human Resource Development and holds educator certifications in grade 4-8 Generalist and English Language Arts and Reading, grades 8-12, from the University of Texas at El Paso. In addition to her work with connecting impoverished communities with reading materials, Pérez also led the creation of scholarships, literacy, and fine arts programs for rural communities that often have little to no access to vital education resources. She serves as the founder and director of the Cotton Valley Scholars education program and founder and board president of the Rural Schools Scholarship Foundation. She is the creative director of the Student Civic Engagement programs through Celebrate Freedom Week and an appointed Commissioner to the El Paso County Historic Commission. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for El Paso County’s foster children, a YWCA racial justice ambassador, Secretary of Public Affairs for the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, instructor for the TABSE Texas Education Policy Institute, and member of the National Association of Latina Elected Officials.