Roberto J. Santos
Roberto J. Santos is a native Laredoan who attended local schools and received his high school diploma from Martin High School. Upon graduation, he received an athletic scholarship to St. Edward’s University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. He continued his studies at the University of Texas-Pan American where he completed a Master of Science Degree in Education. With a strong belief in pursuing higher education, he enrolled at Laredo State University and later at Texas A&M Kingsville where he received an administrator certificate as well as a superintendent’s certificate.
Mr. Santos has worked for the United Independent School District for 38 years and has served as Superintendent for the past 16 years. As Superintendent, Mr. Santos leads one of the largest school districts in Texas. United I.S.D. has an enrollment of over 42,000 students. With approximately 6,700 full time employees, United I.S.D. is the largest employer in Webb County. Mr. Santos served the District in various capacities: Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Director for Human Resources, Assistant Superintendent for Support Services, and Associate Superintendent for Student Support Services.
Throughout his career, Mr. Santos has garnered numerous honors and awards which include: Laredo Next Generation Rotary Club “Unsung Heroes Award”; Latin American International Hall of Fame; Imaginarium “Image Award”; Future of Texas Award; Laredo Diploma Plus Foundation Leadership Award; Border Olympics Honorary Director; Martin High School Tiger Legend; LULAC Council #12 Tejano Achiever; Gateway to Mexico All-Sports Clinic Hall of Honor; American Cancer Society Relay for Life Honorary Chairman and March of Dimes Honorary Chairman.
Mr. Santos’ philosophy of education is simply that all children can learn. Santos states, “My goal as an educator has been, and will continue to be, to ensure student success. It is my personal commitment to do everything humanly possible for children to learn to the best of their ability in a safe and caring environment so that they will become life-long, productive members of our society.”
Aside from his career, Mr. Santos is a true family man. He and his wife of 53 years, Carmen (a retired teacher) have two daughters, Christina S. Casanova and Larissa L. Santos (both in the educational field), two granddaughters, Andrea Victoria and Alexandra Rochelle Casanova, and two grandsons, Greyson and Dylan Comoglio Santos.