Canutillo Independent School District Officials announced that Trustee Armando Rodriguez was elected chair of the National Hispanic Council of School Board Members, a branch of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) tasked with furthering education policy benefiting the Latinx community throughout the United States.
In his new role, he will help NSBA better understand the needs and goals of Hispanic students and communities that continue to grow in numbers in every region of the country.
Rodriguez, a 14-year veteran of the CISD Board, is the first El Pasoan to serve on this capacity.
“I’m honored to have been elected by my peers from across the country and to be able to represent Canutillo and El Paso on an important national stage,” said Rodriguez, who in 2005 became the youngest person in El Paso County ever to serve on a school board. “This position will allow me to bring to the table the wonderful work that is happening along the U.S.-Mexico Border, and share best practices with those who may be dealing with a surge of a Latino population for the first time in their hometown’s history.”
Rodriguez’s role will allow him to serve on the National School Board Association’s board of directors — a first for an El Paso-area trustee.
Voters first elected Rodriguez to the Canutillo school board in 2005, just years after he graduated from Canutillo High School. Since then, he has earned state and national recognition as an education advocate and a leader in Hispanic legislative issues.
He is a graduate of Leadership TASB, the premier leadership program for school-board members in Texas. He has served on every committee for the Texas Association of School Boards and currently is the vice chair of membership for the organization.
Rodriguez is the past president of the Mexican-American School Boards Association and serves on the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Board of Directors.
A Canutillo native, Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso.