Conexión Del Rio/ Staff report

DEL RIO – SFDRCISD mourns the passing of our beloved educator, Ms. Marta Galindo. She will always be remembered as a remarkable educator who had a special spark for working with cheerleaders, Student Council and UIL. Most of all, she will be remembered for her strong belief that each student could learn and her compassionate commitment to their learning. She was and will continue to be a model for teaching, Board President, Mr. Josh Overfelt, expressed.

“The education system in Del Rio has lost one of its most beloved teachers. Texas has lost a Texas Teacher of the Year. Marta touched the lives of hundreds of children who came through her classroom. She mentored and instilled a love of teaching in dozens of aspiring teachers who served as her student teachers, my wife and myself included. We are grateful to the Galindo family for sharing their mother with us for so many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this difficult time. God Speed Marta.”

Ms. Galindo, a 1966 graduate of San Felipe High School, began her relationship with the SFDRCISD as a secretary at the District’s transportation department in 1972. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Sul Ross State University in 1983, she took over her first classroom at Garfield Elementary. She later went on to teach at East Side Elementary, and finally at Ruben Chavira Elementary as a First Grade teacher. It was during her assignment as First Grade Teacher at Ruben Chavira that she earned the state’s most prestigious teaching recognition – 2002 Texas Teacher of the Year. Marta Galindo’s final assignment was as the District’s Early Literacy Coordinator before she retired in 2016 with 44 years of service.

Dr. Rios, Superintendent of Schools, added that Ms. Galindo’s high energy and tremendous success in teaching students and teachers alike was deeply rooted in the belief that high standards and a commitment to those standards produced the highest student outcomes. “I am confident that Marta’s no-nonsense approach to student learning and her commitment to improving the field of education will continue to serve as models that guide our daily interactions with teaching and learning.”

On behalf of our Board of Trustees and our entire administration, SFDRCISD expresses our most heartfelt condolences to the entire Galindo Family.