Spotlight on New HCDE Trustee Amy Hinojosa: Position 1, Precinct 2

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January 30, 2020 by HCDE-Texas

Amy Hinojosa is the newly appointed board member to Position 1, Precinct 2 for the Harris County Department of Education Board of Trustees.

The Pasadena native, wife and mother of two teenagers still resides in and serves the community where she grew up and says she takes the calling to serve the citizens of Precinct 2 very seriously.

She is committed to serving adult learners within her community and looks forward to assessing facilities improvements needed within HCDE. HCDE provides GED and English as a second language classes along with workforce training at no cost to adult learners in Harris and Liberty counties and operates four special schools for area school districts which serve students with emotional and intellectual disabilities and recovering youth.

As a process engineer, she is employed by Chevron Corporation as project manager in technology development. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston.

Hinojosa is passionate about giving local youth the same opportunities she has received.

“I am from Pasadena, and I am a first-generation college student, so I see myself in those kids,” she said. “Be who you needed when you were young.”

Hinojosa shares her passion for education through several student and professional mentoring initiatives. As the founder of Community Leaders Encouraging Academia Through Sports, Inc. or CLEATS, she heads a Pasadena-area, youth athletic program which allows students to explore their college futures by visiting local universities.

“My journey in education started as a little league volunteer, where I realized I could use sports as an avenue to get the children in my community on our local university campuses,” she said.

During 2020, Hinojosa serves as director on the board of ProUnitas, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness for health and wellness resources for youth to be successful in school and beyond.  She continues to grow her leadership skills as a Houston Leadership ISD 2020 fellow and a Houston Latinos for Education 2019 fellow.

Hinojosa describes herself as being “passionate about compassion for all animals” as she claims poodle Bruno and cocker spaniel Elvis as additional family members.

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