STISD Regional Super winner announced South Texas ISD’s own Dr. Marla M. Guerra has won Regional Superintendent of the Year. Every year the Texas Association of School Boards recognizes superintendents across the state for their achievements and distinction in leadership.
A 15 year veteran, Guerra commented that this honorable achievement wasn’t just a reflection of her work, but of the body of teachers, students and parents. “You are who you are because of the people that surround you,” she said, crediting her hard work ethic to her father. She commented that she considered herself a ‘teacher of teachers;’ someone that is there to inspire and make a difference in the lives of students. Her “recipe for success,” as she calls it, encompasses the three most important lessons she’s learned throughout her extensive career.
“To work with people’s strengths because the people around you have the power of making things better; to talk to others as if you are talking to a family member, with honesty and sincerity; and finally, to always be humble — don’t be afraid of listening to others and taking their advice,” she said. Guerra believes that through this award comes motivation to drive the district this year and push everyone to have the “ganas” to achieve their goals. She also encouraged women to reach for higher-level positions (even in male dominated fields like hers) with confidence and passion in their work.