Victoria native named September Educator of the month

Bethune and Son awarded Xochitl Gonzales with a plaque and gift basket
Victoria native named September Educator of the month

Victoria native named September Educator of the month. Bethune and Son awarded Xochitl Gonzales with a plaque and gift basket.

VICTORIA, Texas – Xochitl Gonzales has been named Bethune and Son’s September Educator of the month. Gonzales, known by her students as Ms. G., is a Victoria native who graduated from Stroman. Upon completing college, she went on to teach at Robstown. Gonzales then returned to Victoria and taught at Dudley. She later moved onto teaching 7th- and 8th-grade Spanish at Cade Middle School in 2010. Recently, Gonzales has also become the NJHS sponsor at Cade. All together, she has been an educator for 30 years.

In 2017, Gonzales was named the teacher of the year at Cade and named the secondary teacher of the year for all V.I.S.D. Her proactive, hands-on approach to education has made her stand out as an educator in the Victoria community. Gonzales changes her game plan every year, rather than remaining stagnant with her teaching of subjects. She aims to create an exciting learning environment for her students.

“Although I have taught a subject multiple times, it is always the kids first time learning it,” said Gonzales. “I have to find ways to keep them excited and engaged. It is always about the kids.”

September Educator of the month – Adapting to the new norm

Gonzales, along with other educators, had to adapt to the new norm as the Covid-19 pandemic took over. Despite the learning curve related to adapting to hybrid teaching, she has remained optimistic and maintained a “put the kids first” mentality.

Gonzales’s favorite aspect of teaching has been building relationships with her students. She suggested that a curriculum is only as good as the relationship built with the children.

“Even the toughest of students deserve an educator who doesn’t give up on them and pushes them to be the best they can be,” said Gonzales. “The tough students are normally the ones who come back and visit when they are grown and give the most appreciation.”

Gonzales emphasizes the importance of education considering she was a first-generation graduate from both college and high school. Her husband is a teacher at West, and they share a daughter who graduated valedictorian from West High School. Recently, their daughter also graduated from the University of Texas.

Bethune and Son awarded Gonzales an official plaque and gift basket. If you see Ms. G out in the community, make sure to congratulate her.