Texas House of Representatives honors Ysleta ISD Superintendent

Ysleta Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre was honored earlier this month by the Texas House of Representatives for “making a positive difference in the lives of countless young Texans in his distinguished role as an educator.”

District officials say that the congratulatory resolution for Dr. De La Torre, HR 422, was filed by State Rep. Art Fierro in late March, and laid before the state House of Representatives and adopted on Thursday, April 1.

In the resolution, the House of Representatives commends Dr. De La Torre for numerous accomplishments throughout his career in education, and extends its sincere best wishes for continued success with his important work.

“Since assuming his current position in March 2014, this esteemed administrator has shepherded Ysleta ISD into a new era,” the resolution says, citing Dr. De La Torre’s leadership in a variety of successes at Ysleta ISD that include:

  • Launching a new Young Women’s Leadership Academy in 2016, El Paso’s first public, single-gender college preparatory academy for girls in grades 6-12
  • Expanding international schools and business-community partnerships
  • Creating a bold, new technology initiative to put digital devices in the hands of all students
  • Passing two multimillion-dollar facilities bonds in 2015 and 2019 for a combined investment of nearly $1 billion to upgrade, renovate, or build new schools and other facilities.

HR 422 states Dr. De La Torre is a “strong and dynamic leader … (who) is indeed deserving of recognition for his invaluable contributions to the El Paso community and beyond.”

Dr. De La Torre began his career in education as a teacher, coach, principal, and associate superintendent in California before moving to El Paso to become Superintendent of Schools at Socorro ISD.

In 2019, he served as chair of the Texas Urban Council (TUC) of Superintendents, a network of the state’s top school district leaders who represent nearly 800,000 students and 50,000 teachers.

Dr. De La Torre earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University Chico, a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco, and a doctorate from the University of California at Davis.