Title: Retired Educator
Location: Runge, Texas, United States
Sandy Villarreal, M.Ed., Retired Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration.
Hailing from a family of educators, Ms. Villarreal was inspired to pursue the profession and contribute to helping students struggling with reading development. She received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and teaching for first through eighth grades from Southwest Texas State University, now known as Texas State University, in 1977 and took on her first teaching role at Loredo Catholic School. From there, Ms. Villarreal went on to serve the Runge Independent School District as a teacher of third through sixth grade before excelling as a principal at Runge Elementary School from 2010 to 2016. In 2010, she achieved a Master of Science in curriculum and instruction for preschool to 12th grade at the University of Houston-Victoria.
Ms. Villarreal commenced her official retirement in 2016, but continued to offer her services to the Runge Independent School District as a reading and writing interventionist. Continuing to utilize her reading specialist certification, she has also worked for their after school program from 2016 to 2018. In addition, she was an interim secondary principal for Three Rivers Independent School District in 2019 and 2020 and has been a part-time dyslexia teacher at the Pettus Independent School District since 2018. Upon her civic duties, Ms. Villarreal has been a secretary of the Runge Library Board and vice president of the Runge Chamber of Commerce since 2018. Since 2019, she has also taken on the role of president of the Runge Independent School District School Board.
Honored as Teacher of the Year by the Runge Independent School District in 2000, Ms. Villarreal attributes her success to the exceptional education her small-town upbringing offered her. Reflecting on her career, she most enjoys running into students who are flourishing in their own right today. She is happy to have added many of them on Facebook in order to keep up with their continued success. Ms. Villarreal is a firm believer that education is important but not for everyone, so a strong middle and high school foundation are imperative to guide students in making their choices for their futures. She was never in the profession for the money, but rather to see children’s individualized success. In five years’ time, Ms. Villarreal hopes to continue doing her part-time work and stepping in whenever she is needed. While she enjoys the freedom of being able to take life easy, her heart will always remain with education and students.
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