The Champion Project

Dr. J.A. Gonzalez

McAllen Independent School District

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Dr. J.A. Gonzalez became McAllen ISD’s Superintendent in 2016, overseeing a district that’s characterized as a District of Champions, with amazing standings, including state-ranked academic and finance programs, as well as nationally ranked high schools, music program, health and PE program, and so much more. A veteran educator of 25 years, Dr. Gonzalez has been at the helm as McAllen ISD earned the state’s highest rating, an ‘A’ for two straight years. It has also earned the state’s Post-Secondary Readiness Distinction three years in a row, plus the School FIRST award for financial integrity 16 times in the past 17 years. In fact,
only three districts in all of Texas, with an enrollment of more than 20,000 students, earned all three of those awards. McAllen ISD is one of those three and the only one of the three from the Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Gonzalez initiated the creation of STEAM-Plus in Pre-Kinder through 12th grades. This learning framework places a great emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, including coding, rocketry, and robotics. In addition,
STEAM-Plus systematically addresses a child’s emotional intelligence.

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