Special to the NEWS
Dr. Wilma Garza Smetter has announced her candidacy for the San Benito CISD School Board Trustee Place 3 position.
For the past 30 years, Garza Smetter has been an educator. She has a Doctorate of Education from the University of Houston and has served as a teacher, middle school assistant principal, middle school principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and superintendent.
As an experienced district administrator, Garza Smetter said she has overseen and has “extensive knowledge” in the curriculum and instruction, maintenance, transportation and food service departments; business office, after school program as well as the bilingual, advanced academics, migrant, special education and human resources departments and school board member responsibilities.
Garza Smetter said she has developed her work ethic and leadership skills by working in successful school districts ranging from 1A to 5A and currently serves as the assistant superintendent in Mercedes ISD.
An honor graduate, Garza Smetter has been recognized as the State Runner-Up Technology Administrator of the Year and Harlingen Jaycees Teacher of the Year. She currently serves on the San Benito CISD Superintendent Advisory Council. “Having the courage to be decisive and doing the right thing in one’s work” are what Garza Smetter called “high values.”
Garza Smetter said she is dedicated to the students and community she serves. “As a parent of a band student who attends Veterans Memorial and as an educator, it is important for me to keep abreast of the happenings of my son and all the children in our district,” she said. “This generation of student attends a very different school from their parents. Today’s students must be engaged in the classroom whether it be through mobile devices or innovative instructional strategies and must be recognized for their individuality as students in whatever activities they are involved in at school.”
Garza Smetter added, “Our co-curricular and extracurricular activities require the necessary resources so that all our students can excel and continue to represent SBCISD with Greyhound pride. Each district employee deserves our gratitude for their dedication to the students of SBCISD. They have a tremendous impact on our children’s development. As a school board trustee candidate for Place 3, I am seeking the community’s support as an advocate for their child, their neighbor’s child, and my child so that they will be presented with the necessary skills to be successful in the 21st Century once they graduate from San Benito CISD.”
She also said she’s committed “to our children and dedicated to progress.”