PalaciosEarly Childhood Pre-K 4 year-olds, Dual Language, Zavala Elementary School
Corpus Christi, Texas
Total years as a classroom teacher: 34

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin 1994
M.S. Texas A&M- Corpus Christi 1976
B.S. University of Texas at Austin 1975
Associate of Arts Del Mar College 1973

1999-2010 Zavala Elementary School Pre-K 4-year-olds Dual Language
1996-1991 Early Childhood Development Center Pre-K 3-year-olds Dual Language
1983-1996 Zavala Elementary School Pre-K 4-year-olds Bilingual
1976-1983 Lamar Elementary School Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade Bilingual

2013 Lovely Billups Lifetime Achievement Award (Texas American Federation of Teachers)
2006, 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award Finalist (HEB Grocery Stores)
2006 “Everyday Hero” (American Federation of Teachers)
2005 Latin American Council Labor Association Outstanding Teacher Award
2003-2010 Vice-Chair of NBPTS
2000 Corpus Christi Association for Bilingual Education “Bilingual Teacher of the Year”
1997 “Educator of the Year” (Alpha Delta Kappa)
1997 National Board Certified Teacher
1994 State Master Teacher
1987 First “Teacher of the Year” in the Corpus Christi Independent School District
1987 Founding Director, NBPTS

• Dr. Palacios wanted to be a teacher ever since she was a little girl of three. Her love of learning and love of teaching have been a part of who she is throughout her life.

• Dr. Palacios explains that she is the facilitator of children’s learning and that teaching is a process that combines what needs to be taught with ways that make learning engaging and part of the learner.

“Dr. Palacios has a calling in her life, and that calling is teaching. She taught not only students during her time in the classroom. She taught all of us (her peers) to give our best for our students, to wear a smile, and to love and believe in what we do.”
— Brenda Chirinos-Vazquez, Colleague

“Dr. Palacios’ s work inspires those around her. Her teaching career has touched the lives of many novice teachers as well as seasoned educators. She made an extreme impact on the lives of her students as well as those of their parents. She set high goals for her students and worked diligently to help them achieve those goals.”
— Mary Clary, Team Teacher

“I have personally observed the positive impact Dr. Palacios has made on students, teachers, and the community. She truly has demonstrated vitality, fervency, and exuberance to the teaching profession. She is a teacher that instills great pride and fervor in teaching, and she lives the intenseness of making students her priority.”
— Eduardo Torres, former Principal