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Verenice is a career educator, now in her 20th year. She has served in rural, suburban and urban settings and has worked the PK-16 and beyond continuum, as a teacher, administrator and professor, as well as, by serving on several statewide boards.
She is an alum of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Superintendent Academy. She is also a National Hispana Latina Institute (NHLI) Executive Leadership Program alum, and current W.K. Kellogg Racial Equity & Healing fellow.
As a first generation Mexican American she took her responsibility to be a first-generation achiever very seriously which lead her to earn a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, a dual Master’s Degree in Bilingual and Special Education as well as a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction with a minor in Educational Leadership.
A proud Texana, born and raised in El Paso, TX where she learned to value bilingualism, growing up biculturally and binationally, Verenice is dedicated to interrupting systemic racism while addressing institutional barriers to positively improve educational outcomes for marginalized communities.