• May 17, 2022
 YISD’s De La Torre takes on new statewide leadership role

Ysleta ISD Building – Photo Courtesy of YISD

YISD’s De La Torre takes on new statewide leadership role

Dr. Xavier De La Torre, Superintendent of Schools at the YISD, took on a new statewide leadership role Sunday as the 2022 President of the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS), the premier organization in advocacy for the growth and advancement of Latino learners and leaders in Texas.

The appointment comes two years after Dr. De La Torre first stepped into a leadership role with TALAS as Vice President to advocate for minority students across the state – particularly those in high poverty – through legislative representation and public support for students.

Dr. De La Torre was sworn in during the TALAS executive board meeting Sunday in Austin, following a resounding endorsement and support from state Rep. Art Fierro.

“I am truly honored to serve in this distinguished leadership role with TALAS while continuing to support its unrelenting mission to improve outcomes for Latino learners throughout Texas,” said Dr. De La Torre, who has led Ysleta ISD as Superintendent since March 2014.

“I look forward to proudly serving our students and families across Texas, as well as helping provide the El Paso community and the Ysleta Independent School District with much-needed representation at both the state and national levels,” Dr. De La Torre added.

TALAS was founded as a statewide association for the identification, recruitment, development, and advancement of Latino school administrators in order to improve public education in general for all students, with an emphasis on improving the educational and career opportunities of Latino youth.

In Texas, 53% of school-aged children are Latino – and addressing their needs is vital to the interest of not only Texas, but the United States, TALAS officials say.

Dr. De La Torre has an illustrious 35-year history of dedicated public service to large, diverse student populations, as well as a career in education chronicled by recognized achievements that include an El Pasoan of the Year nomination; two Broad Prize Award finalist nominations; and the Edgar L. Morphet Award for the nation’s most outstanding dissertation aimed at educational issues.

Dr. De La Torre has also emerged as a regional authority in El Paso relative to the American public school system with achievements that include the 2016 opening of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, the city’s first all-girl, college preparatory public school; the expansion of Ysleta ISD’s Early College High School programs and international schools; and the passage of nearly $1.2 billion in school facilities bonds during his superintendency at both Ysleta ISD and Socorro ISD.

At the statewide level, Dr. De La Torre also honorably served as the 2019 Chair of the Texas Urban Council (TUC) of Superintendents, a network of the state’s largest urban school districts that advocates for traditional urban public schools.

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