Teacher's Bio

Teacher's Bio....

    I am Mrs. Zulema Williams-Santa Ana who currently is teaching second grade at Dora Romero Elementary.  My goal is to implement what I have learned and continue to learn through various conferences and workshops and make learning as much fun as possible.  One of my greatest passions is integrating my drama techniques into my lessons so students can learn in a different way. 
     I was born in Brownsville, Texas and left to Mexico City after graduating from Homer Hanna High School. While in Mexico City, I attended La Academia de Andrés Soler and graduated from El Centro de Educación Artística (CEA) de Televisa where I earned my degree in Theatre Arts. Before graduation, I started working in various soap operas in Spanish and English, sitcoms, plays, and radio dubbings. Ten years later, I decided to come back to the Valley and attended The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College where I received my Bachelors and also earned my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Science. I am now working on my Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Science at UTRGV. 
    On November 6, 2008, I was surprised with the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.  I then traveled to Los Angeles, California in April, 2009 to receive my award.  One can view the mff.org website to see pictures and learn more about the award.  I do consulting and train teachers in science when possible and have had the opportunity to teach at the university as an Adjunct Professor.
    I served on the Commissioner's Educator Leadership Council along with 17 other educators across Texas and have had the opportunity to discuss and make decisions at the state level.  This Council works on behalf of TEA and also advises the Commissioner of Education on various subjects as well as teacher recruitment, educator preparation, mentoring, campus working conditions, professional development and other critical issues. I am honored to continue to serve on various TEA committees.