Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez Biography
Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez is in her 26th year as an educator and in her ninth year as superintendent, with approximately six of those years in the San Elizario Independent School District (SEISD). The SEISD Board of Trustees unanimously nominated her for the 2022 ESC Region 19 Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) honors. Her selection as the regional winner contributes to the positive culture known in San Elizario as the Pathway of Champions. Before serving in San Elizario, Dr. Meza-Chavez was the Tornillo Independent School District superintendent, where she first earned honors as the 2017 ESC Region 19 Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Meza-Chavez holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from New Mexico State University, a Master's in Education / Mid-Management from Sul Ross State University, and a Bachelor's from the University of Texas at El Paso in Creative Writing with a Minor in Communications. In her twenty-five years of service, she has held steadfast to her experience as a Teacher, Student Activities Director, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Human Resources Director. She has also had the distinct honor to serve in the following capacities: Regional Advisory Committee Chair for Superintendents, Region 22 Fine Arts Executive Committee Member, the TASA Race Equity and Diversity Committee, and serves as the President-Elect of the state Texas Council of Women School Executives (TCWSE).
Dr. Meza-Chavez received the TCWSE Region 19 Bravo Award for Exemplary Practice and Innovation and the TCWSE Pat Shell Award for Professional Development. The Fall 2021 Publication of Communication Matters Magazine for the Texas School Public Relations Association featured one of her stories, El Día De Los Muertos. In addition, her work includes discussing essential issues in the San Elizario Community featured in ATPE News November 2020 issue, A Hot Spot for Connectivity Problems by Sarah Gray. The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) also selected Dr. Meza-Chavez to participate in the Design Team for the TASA's Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Network (FRSLN) and the TASA Member Engagement Committee.
Her passion for education is contagious, and her energy pushes all to go the extra mile for students. She leads by example with her philosophy of serving to improve the lives of children. She always encourages collaboration and is most enthusiastic when educators transform students' learning environments. She naturally inherited the mantra from conversations with her mother during her upbringing: "Manos a La Obra / Let's Do This."