Mrs. G. Yvonne Pérez
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Geraldine Yvonne Pérez has started her thirty-eighth year in education - twenty-five of which have been spent at the Oratory Schools of St. Philip Neri.
She is a graduate of Mission High School, Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio (Bachelor of Arts) and Pan American University where she attained her Masters Degree in Education majoring in Supervision.
She also holds certificates in Life Professional Supervisor, Life Provisional Elementary and Life Provisional Bilingual studies. Mrs. Pérez spent her initial post-graduate years as an elementary teacher for the PSJA Independent School District, where her talents and education ultimately placed her in an administrative capacity as a Reading Specialist.
In 1977, she and her young family moved to Port Isabel where she continued her work as a Reading Supervisor and Principal of Garriga Elementary. It wasn't long after returning to PSJA ISD… where she resumed her administrative duties as well as those of UIL academic coordinator, that she answered the call to help open the Rio Grande Valley's first Catholic, dual language, bi-cultural private elementary school. As principal of this new institution, she helped develop and implement the dual language curriculum- a new concept at the time. Her youngest child, a daughter, just three years old then, was her inspiration.
The school, called the Oratory Academy of St. Philip Neri, opened in 1983 with a total of fifteen students in grades PK-3 and PK-4. Today, the Oratory Academy has become an Oratory School System with three separate campuses in two countries, (U.S. and Mexico), with an enrollment of over 700 in grades PK-12. Mrs. Pérez is a founding member of all three institutions- The Oratory Academy, The Newman Institute of the Oratory and The Oratory Athenaeum for University Preparation.
At present, Mrs. Pérez serves as the school's President. She has also served as Chairperson for the accreditation of Catholic schools in the state of Texas (TCCED), and has published three national textbook reading programs in English and Spanish for grades K-8 for Scott Foresman, Inc. She is also a member of Pharr's Historical Committee. Aside from her career, Mrs. Pérez and her husband Manuel have raised a family of three- Maricela, Manuel Jr. and Laura. They have been blessed with two grandsons, Michael Alex Soto and Gabriel Felix Pérez. Mrs. Pérez is a member of the Lay Oratory. She and her family are members of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Pharr and are all active supporters of the Oratory Schools. Mrs. Pérez is especially devoted to St. Jude Thaddeus, St. Philip Neri and Our Lady of Guadalupe. She enjoys the arts and literature and is dedicated to helping Hispanic youth reach their greatest potential while maintaining their rich cultural heritage.
Reflections: A Grandmother's Love
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Reflections On Everyday Miracles At The Oratory SchoolsSee PDF.
Oratory Schools Scholastic Year 2010-2011
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