The governor's office announced Oct. 11 that Gov. Rick Perry appointed former TCTA State President Dolores Ramirez, an elementary school teacher in San Benito, to one of two active employee positions on the Teacher Retirement System Board of Trustees. She will participate in her first meeting Oct. 18, 2013, and serve a six-year term that expires Aug. 31, 2019.

The position Ramirez now holds was most recently held by another former TCTA State President, Charlotte Clifton, whose six-year term ended Aug. 31. The other active member position on the TRS Board is held by TCTA Immediate Past-President Nanette Sissney, who serves as the board's vice-chair. Her term expires in 2015.

With 12,289 votes, Ramirez was the top vote getter in the 2013 TRS Board of Trustees election. The only non-administrator running for the open active member position on the board, Ramirez received roughly 3,000 more votes than the second-place candidate and nearly 9,000 more votes than the third-place finisher. The governor chose from among the top three vote getters to fill the seat. (See the TRS press release on Ramirez's appointment.)

About Dolores Ramirez

A teacher for 35 years, Ramirez joined TCTA in 1978 and has served the association on the local, district and state levels. She led TCTA as the statewide president in 2011-12.

Ramirez is also a member of the San Benito Kiwanis, San Benito Historical Society, the Aggie Moms of the Rio Grande Valley, and the First Presbyterian Church. She holds a BS in Elementary Education from Texas A&I University and is certified to teach kindergarten, gifted and talented, and bilingual education.