Juan Roberto Ramirez is the Secretary 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 educational programs possible. “Let’s not forget that we work, united, for what is best for our children,” Ramirez said. Ramirez is the Board Member for Alexander High School, United High School, Clark Middle School, United Middle School., Washington Middle School, 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. As Ramirez worked for U.S. Federal Government, he became involved in training sessions through the 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 our youth 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.
Currently, Ramirez is a self-employed businessman, notary public and member of the Board of the Directors for the Webb County Appraisal District, where he has served the public from 2012 to present. Ramirez served as Vice President during his initial term May 2002 to July 2004.
Ramirez has attended Leadership 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 portrayed Santa Claus in United I.S.D.’s Annual Gift Giving Christmas event for four years, giving to low-income families. For the past 12 years, Ramirez has also hosted Christmas events for economically disadvantaged children in his district.“Donations are a passion of mine and 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 voices had not been heard.”
Ramirez is thankful to the voters who have given him their vote of confidence, and 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 children in the district and be part of a team that makes important decisions for children and district staff. Overall, “it’s a great honor to work with UISD and with the other Board Members,” he concluded.
Mr. Ramirez is married to Maricela Ramirez and has five children, eleven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.