Becky Villarreal of Peñitas was sworn in to the STISD board of directors in June 2017.
She brought with her to the STISD team extensive experience in all facets of education. Even before launching her 40-year-plus career, her love of learning inspired her to pursue multiple levels of education, increasing her knowledge and honing her skills that she took with her into the classrooms.
Villarreal earned a bachelor of science from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos (now Texas State University), with a major in Elementary: Self-Contained and a minor in Elementary English. Her education did not stop there, however, as she followed that with a Language and Learning Disabled endorsement from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and then pursued a master of education – Instructional Supervision, a Bilingual/ESL endorsement and a Mid-Management Administrator certification from the University of Texas Pan-American (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley).
Within her 40 years in education, she has positively impacted countless students, and adults, in their pursuits of knowledge and the sharing of it. She continues to work towards the improvement of life in the Rio Grande Valley today as the administrator for education of the Hidalgo County Head Start Program, a role in which she has served since 2016. In this role she oversees the Education Curriculum and Instructional Program and supervises 40 centers across Hidalgo County. Her educational roles throughout the years have varied, allowing her the opportunity to connect with people inside and outside of the classroom. She has worked as a classroom teacher for students in kinder through high school, a special education teacher, an elementary principal, and assistant superintendent for human resources and student services. She also worked as an education consultant for several years and served as a TEA External Facilitator and part of a campus improvement team.
Aside from her career, Villarreal works to improve the quality of life in the region through service to her community. She is an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, where she serves as a lector. She is also CFF Religion Program coordinator and teacher. Since 2011 she has served on the board for the Peñitas White Wing Festival. Other commitments throughout the years have included board membership for Proyecto Desarrollo Humano Community Center (2005-2009), Hidalgo County Civil Service (2003-2007), and Hidalgo County Head Start Program Policy Council (2012-2015).
She and her husband, Amadeo Villarreal, Jr., have a daughter, Maritza Cantu, who works as a testing strategist at Mission High School; and a son, Marco Villarreal, who works with Blessey Marine Co. in Louisiana. They also have two granddaughters, Zaida and Zoe.
She is proud of the outstanding academic performance of all the STISD schools.
Villarreal hopes to continue her life’s work in education through her service as an STISD board member – making the best decisions for our students – and she brings with her to this role her experience, her knowledge and her passionate love for educating all children. She shares that this type of service is “a priority and extremely near and dear to [her] heart.”
- STISD Board Of Directors