Dr. Vangie Aguilera inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame

Dr. Vangie Aguilera inducted into the San Antonio Women's
Hall of Fame

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Hall of Fame inductee
Vangie Aguilera

The District’s senior executive director for special education has been honored for selflessly giving to others.

Dr. Vangie Aguilera was inducted on March 31 into the 2012 San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in the category of PK-12

"Dr. Aguilera has made it her lifelong mission to serve the needs of children and their families through education," attorney Mary Esther Escobedo wrote in the form nominating her. "She has touched the lives of hundreds of students and their families and has had a lasting positive impact on numerous teachers and staff members. As an advocate for students, she is in tireless pursuit of excellence for each."

Prior to her seven-year tenure as senior executive director for special education, Aguilera was a teacher, a teacher specialist, supervisor and principal.

In her current capacity she oversees programs and services provided to more than 5,600 special needs students and children with disabilities and their families.

"As a Lanier HS graduate and veteran educator, I am well aware of the needs, opportunities and challenges facing the District, and the award recognizes an incredible journey I have not walked alone."

She attributes her success to "my extremely supportive husband and children who understand the demands of my career and to the many teachers, administrators and support staff who collectively educate 'every child, every day.'"

Aguilera also serves as a University of Texas at San Antonio adjunct professor where her focus is on helping to prepare educators to become school leaders.

She also represents Region 20-area school districts as a Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education executive board member.

SAISD-related Hall of Fame inductees
Two other 2012 inductees have ties to the District.

They are Carri Baker Wells, SAISD Foundation chairman and Shirley Wills, a Jefferson HS Lasso Alumni Association officer.

This year's theme was "Women's Education - Women's Empowerment."