Juan Roberto Ramirez
Juan Roberto Ramirez is the Vice-President on the United I.S.D. Board of Trustees. Even though Ramirez is the District 6 representative, he says his goal is to serve the District as a whole and give the students the best education programs possible. “Let’s not forget that we work united for what is best for our children,” Ramirez said. Ramirez serves parents and students attending Alexander H.S., United H.S., Clark M.S., United M.S., Washington M.S., Clark Elementary, Fasken Elementary, Finley Elementary, Kazen Elementary, and Nye Elementary.
Ramirez is a retired U.S. Customs Agent. He is veteran of the Vietnam conflict, serving his country in the U.S. Army. After graduating from Martin High School, Ramirez attended Laredo Community College and earned a degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Academy. Ramirez worked for U.S. Federal Government as he became involved in training sessions such as FBI and DEA. Ramirez became aware of how drugs and crime were slowly plaguing our youth, and made sure that they were given a second chance at life. “I have been a mentor for many years. I have attended parental and gang facilitator meetings over the years, as I strongly believe that education starts at home,” Ramirez said.
Presently, Ramirez works full-time as a Career Advisor for the Laredo Job Corps, is a self employed businessman, and a notary public. Ramirez served as Vice-Chairman for the Webb County Appraisal District Board of Directors from May of 2002 to July of 2004.
Ramirez has attended “Leadership of Laredo” seminars that teach leaders to become more resourceful in leading a school district through positive reinforcement, discipline, and motivation. He has served in educational and business committees and has played Santa Claus in the United I.S.D. Annual Gift Giving Christmas for three years in giving to low-income families. “Donations are a passion of mine as I believe that when you give to others, you not only lend a helping hand, you are helping a human being through a difficult ordeal,” Ramirez said.
When asked how he got involved with the United I.S.D. Board of Trustees, Ramirez responded, “It was through my years as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer and my involvement with Boy Scouts that led me to fight for those children whose voice have not been heard. I believe in second chances.” Once opportunity knocked on the front door for Mr. Ramirez, he simply could not resist as he ran and made a vow to make a positive change for his beloved school district.
Mr. Ramirez is married to Maricela Ramirez and has five children, twelve grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Ramirez is grateful for being elected and he feels honored by the confidence the voters have in him. He promises to continue working hard for his constituents. “I have an open-door policy to hear everyone’s concerns,” Ramirez said. “It’s an extraordinary experience to be able to work for the kids in the district, to be part of a team that makes decisions for kids and staff.” Ramirez says it’s a thrill to be part of the Board, “it’s a great honor to work for my district.”