School Board Members

  Manuel Flores, Jr.

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Manuel Flores, Jr.

President, Board Member since 2007

Mr. Manuel Flores, Jr. is self-employed with Flores Civil Process, which is a company that processes court documents. He previously served as a Justice of the Peace for four (4) years and a Cameron County Constable in Precinct 4 (included Rio Hondo, Texas) for 18 years.

Mr. Flores has three children, Marissa, Patrick, and Manuel Flores III. His daughter Marissa is a Rio Hondo High School graduate of 2009, Patrick and Manuel are students within the Rio Hondo Independent School District.

 Claudia Villalobos

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Claudia Villalobos

Vice-President, Board Member since 2013

Ms. Claudia Villalobos is an alumni and former teacher of Rio Hondo ISD. She has accepted the opportunity to serve on the RHISD School Board so that she can work as a team and positively impact and help improve the district. Although she does not have any children of her own, Ms. Villalobos does have numerous nieces and nephews that attend Rio Hondo ISD. She feels it was important to represent the students that she once served as a teacher. For Ms. Villalobos, as they became more than just students on a roster, they became, as she felt, her own children. Ms. Villalobos is currently employed an alumni college counselor.

 Jessica A. Gonzales

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Jessica A. Gonzales

Secretary, Board Member since 2013

Ms. Jessica Gonzales has served as a dedicated Board Member. During her tenure, she has never missed a board meeting, workshop, or conference. Ms. Gonzales’ belief is quoted as, “As a school Board Member, it is important to get involved with our community and organizations. I make every effort to attend school events, meetings, fundraisers, and conferences.” She uses the power of social media, including Facebook, to maintain constant communication with the community and parents regarding Rio Hondo ISD’s news and events.

Ms. Gonzales has served as a Municipal Judge for the City of Rio Hondo since July of 2011 and is employed as a Legal Assistant for the Law Office of Esteban Gonzales since 2010. She is the proud parent of three (3) boys: Gabriel - A 2011 Rio Hondo ISD graduate; Esteban and Kevin, students within the Rio Hondo Independent School District.

 Noe Alaniz, Jr.

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Noe Alaniz, Jr.

Board Member since 2011

Mr. Noe Alaniz is a full-time Criminal and Family Law Attorney. He was raised in Rio Hondo, Texas; thus, his experience as an attorney and living in the Rio Hondo community has allowed him to better serve Rio Hondo ISD as a Board Member.

Mr. Alaniz enjoys speaking to members of the community to determine their needs and use his experience as an attorney to address these needs.

 Alonzo Garza

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Alonzo Garza

Board Member since 2015

Mr. Garza resides in Rio Hondo, Texas and is currently employed as a Career and Technology Teacher with the Brownsville Independent School District. He strongly believes that his more than 22 years of experience as a teacher will allow him to contribute to his duties as a Board Member. In addition to being a teacher, Mr. Garza has served on the Machine Shop Advisory Committee for Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Harlingen for the past five (5) years.

Mr. Garza has one son, Jacob Alonzo Garza, who graduated from Rio Hondo High School in 2012.

 Guadalupe Arnold Martinez, Jr.

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Guadalupe Arnold Martinez, Jr.

Board Member since 2013

Mr. Guadalupe Arnold Martinez, Jr. is a 1988 Rio Hondo High School graduate. Mr. Martinez is employed with the United States Customs and Border Protection as a Border Patrol Agent and is currently the President of the Harlingen Border Patrol Association. Moreover, Mr. Martinez serves as a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in both Cameron and Willacy counties.

He has two sons, Eddie and Isaac Martinez, who are also students within Rio Hondo ISD. His daughter is also a 2009 Rio Hondo High School graduate.

 Ernestina Rodriguez

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Ernestina Rodriguez

Board Member since 2017

Ernestina “Ernie” Rodriguez is a graduate of Pan American University and is also the newest member of the Rio Hondo ISD School Board.  She proudly served as an elementary teacher for over 40 years.  Ernie taught in Rio Hondo ISD for 32 years and taught 8 years in Houston ISD.  Her teaching experiences include bilingual education and reading recovery programs.

Ernie’s teaching experiences focused upon increasing learning opportunities for children to close gaps and meet their educational needs.  She remains committed to motivating parents, the school and children to work as a team to overcome the barriers that exist in everyday life in order to succeed.

Ernie’s three children graduated from the Rio Hondo ISD.  Jason Rodriguez attended TSTC in Harlingen.  Christopher Rodriguez and Jennifer Rodriguez graduated from Texas A&M at Kingsville.  Ernie’s  grandson, Jason currently attends Rio Hondo Junior High.