Familias Latinas Por La Educación engages Latino parents and guardians to develop priorities and solutions they want to see in their local schools

Houston, TexasLatinos For Education announced the 35 parents who will participate in the 2023 Familias Latinas Por La Educación Fellowship, a leadership program which works with Latino parents and guardians from Houston’s Magnolia Park and Gulfton neighborhoods to make the education system more accessible and inclusive of Latino families and students, especially Spanish-speaking families.

As part of the Fellowship, parents gain a deeper understanding of how decisions are made at the school campus level as well as the school district level, they explore data trends on how schools are performing in the Houston region and develop strategies and advocate for policies that support Latino students excel academically and emotionally. 

“Familias Latinas Por La Educación gives parents and guardians the space to discuss topics that are important to them, and in turn, advocate for those issues as a collective and flourish as education advocates,” said Dr. Armando X. Orduña, Executive Director of Latinos for Education – Houston. “This is our third group of parents and guardians that will be participating in the program, and it’s the largest class we have worked with, which tells us that Latino parents are excited and energized to be positive voices in making schools equitable and responsive to the needs of Houston’s Latino students.”

Latino students make up more than 60% of the student population in Houston ISD, yet Latino families are often left out of discussions about education and decision-making spaces and Familias Latinas Por La Educación is giving Latino parents a platform to engage in Houston.  Parents and guardians that have previously participated in the program have influenced the priorities and decisions that Houston Independent School District trustees and the superintendent make. Many of these alums have stepped into leadership roles within their local schools after participating in the program.

The 2023 participants of Familias Latinas por la Educación, by neighborhood, include:

Magnolia Park

  • Margarita Aguila 
  • Maria Barrios 
  • Carmen Berumen 
  • Jose Caldera  
  • Doris Canales  
  • Gloria Carcamo  
  • Adriana Contreras  
  • Nereyda Cuellar  
  • Karen Estrada  
  • Juana Gregorio Lux  
  • Casimira Itzep  
  • Naydelin P. Martínez Orellana  
  • Wendy Morales  
  • Laura Stephanie Ortega  
  • Leslie Peralta  
  • Cindy Ramos  
  • Saira Sierra  
  • Monica Zavala  


  • Crista Alvarado   
  • Jose Cruz Alvarado   
  • Darixy Chirinos   
  • Dimia Icela Diaz   
  • Jazmin Espinoza   
  • Mariela Espinoza   
  • Nohemi Garcia   
  • Edith Felix   
  • Zulma Fuentes   
  • Rosa Hernandez   
  • Denia Machado   
  • Gladys Martinez Bautista   
  • Glenda Pavon   
  • Ilse Rivas   
  • Gabriela Romero   
  • Maria Salinas   
  • Maria Flores 

For more information about Familias Latinos Por La Educación and this year’s participants please visit: https://www.latinosforeducation.org/familias-latinas-por-la-educacion/ 


About Latinos for Education:

Latinos for Education is a national education non-profit organization focused on developing, placing, and connecting essential Latino talent in the education sector. The organization is mobilizing a network of skilled education leaders to ensure the voice of students and families is not only heard but factored into decision-making in schools, communities and education institutions throughout the U.S. The organization also ensures Latino education professionals have access to a nationwide network of peers as well as career and professional development opportunities across the country through the members-only EdCentro network. For more information visit: https://www.latinosforeducation.org.

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