La Feria hires first Hispanic woman as school district’s superintendent

LA FERIA — “I’m ready,” Cathy Hernandez exclaimed with the sound of applause in the room after the school board voted unanimously to appoint her as the district’s superintendent of schools — the first Hispanic woman to lead the district here.

“I’m very humbled and excited at the same time,” Hernandez said. “I know I can do a lot of great things for the children of La Feria.”

Hernandez describes herself as an instructional leader who plans to lead the district to the next level.

She said her vision is to have more students be successful and ready to choose a career or go to college.

“I’m not going to let you down,” Hernandez, announced to the board and community. “I want to make sure we do what we have to do for all of our kids.”

Hernandez comes with a long resume of experience as a school administrator.

For more than 10 years she has held administrative positions throughout the Valley.

She has served as principal at all levels, curriculum director and assistant superintendent.

“I know the expectations and I have been there and done it,” Hernandez said. “And I have been successful at it.”

She said it has always been her dream to become a Valley superintendent. Her last post as assistant superintendent was at Judson ISD located in Northeast San Antonio.

There she helped lead a staff of 30 principals and schools.

“We are going to go places we have never gone before,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez has a motto she follows that she is “on a quest to be the best.”

And it’s the same motto she’s lived by and plans to root into the district.

“I wish her the best,” said Javier Loredo, La Feria ISD school board member. “We have the staff to move the district forward and beyond with her.”

Loredo also praised the district for hiring the first female to the district’s top job.

“We’re excited to have Mrs. Hernandez here,” said Juan Briones, La Feria ISD board president. “I think she is brining some new things to the district.”