David H. Gonzalez
Mr. David H. Gonzalez is a native Laredoan who attended Laredo ISD schools. He graduated from J. W. Nixon High School and was a captain on the school’s first outright district football team to win a championship in 1981. He attended Laredo Junior College and graduated from Laredo State University, now Texas A&M International University. He obtained his Master of Science in Educational Administration in 1998 from Texas A&M International University, as well as his Superintendent’s Certification.
After working with Chick-fil-A Inc. out of Atlanta, Georgia, he returned to Laredo and began his career in education as an English teacher and as a member of the Varsity Coaching Staff in Football, Girls Basketball, and Varsity Track at Nixon High School. In 1999, Mr. Gonzalez began his administrative career as an assistant principal with Martin High School and then joined the United ISD administrative team the following year. As an assistant principal, he was part of administrative teams at Alexander High and Lyndon B. Johnson High School and in 2005, the UISD Board of Trustees selected him as principal of George Washington Middle School.
As principal at George Washington Middle School, the campus experienced significant academic growth in all state accountability areas. Mr. Gonzalez attributes student academic success to his heart-felt belief that “It was not only about Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Our school was all about our students.” During his tenure at Washington Middle, he worked closely with all district support staff, parents, and students to build a strong campus community. Under his leadership, his team of administrators, support staff, teachers, and students, attained a TEA “Recognized” campus status numerous times through the support of his campus community of caring parents and families.
His success as an effective academic leader was recognized in 2011 and 2014, as Region 1’s Middle School Principal of the Year. In 2011, he competed at the state level, for the HEB Excellence in Education Award, and was selected as The Texas Secondary Principal of the Year. Through these recognitions, Mr. Gonzalez has always maintained that his recognitions were a direct reflection of a successful team effort and the campus community involvement.
In 2014, the United ISD Board of Trustees selected Mr. David Gonzalez as the district’s Executive Director for Middle School Instruction. A year later, the UISD Board demonstrated their trust in Gonzalez by naming him Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, where he has served, for the last seven years. In his tenure as the district’s Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Mr. David Gonzalez has continued his keen vision of collaborative work with district officials, administration, teachers, students, and community leaders. He has spearheaded initiatives that have made a positive influence on the lives of many.
In 2014, as Middle School Executive Director, he infused the “Meet in the Middle” program for all UISD Middle Schools. As Associate Superintendent, that same initiative was adopted at every UISD campus, as “Meet in the Middle” transformed to “Project Unify.” This district-wide initiative promotes acceptance and unity among all special needs students and is the first in the state to include all qualifying campuses.
In 2015, Mr. Gonzalez was selected as “Texas Outstanding Service from a Community Leader” through Special Olympics Texas. Mr. Gonzalez’s love of students with special needs has led to his partnership with Special Olympics as the district began the “Polar Plunge” challenge in 2018. This endeavor allows principals and various district leaders an opportunity to either swim or be drenched in cold- water while raising funds for Special Olympics.
During his tenure as Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, United ISD obtained an “A” rating in 2018, (92) and 2019, (94), and the district’s graduation rates continue to surpass the region, state, and national scores. “These scores mean that our students have been able to embrace the teaching of our UISD teachers and that the campus leadership positively collaborates with parents,” Gonzalez states.
In 2019, Mr. Gonzalez and staff presented at the Texas Association of School Administrator’s yearly, Mid-Winter Conference on the systems which the district has in place for continued academic success. In December of 2020, the Texas School Business, “Bragging Rights “ edition, featured Mr. Gonzalez and staff on their “Signs of Suicide” initiative which was one of Gonzalez’s initiatives to address student’s mental health, and a descriptive program to address suicide. In March of 2021, the Texas Association of School Administrators Professional Journal, (TASA) recognized Mr. David Gonzalez as one of four “Inspiring Leaders” in Texas.
Mr. David H. Gonzalez is a member of the Executive Board for United Way and a member of St. Peters the Apostle Catholic Church. He has been a Regional Judge for HEB Excellence and was one of the keynote speakers for Special Olympics at the national conference in 2017.
In the words of educator Ignacio Estrada, “If a child cannot learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
So… Teaching the way students learn is what United ISD is all about. At UISD, it will always be all about the students and the importance of creating a well-rounded person who will play an important and successful role in our community. A community is only as good and successful as its people.