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Outstanding Alumni and Scholarship Awards

Join the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies as they recognize outstanding alumni from the department!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

UTSA Downtown Campus

Frio Bldg., 4.450A

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.



Honorees - Outstanding Alumni Awards

Dr. Patty Escobedo

Patty Escobedo, Ed.D. is a native of San Antonio and a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. Dr. Escobedo’s collegiate studies began at San Antonio College, followed by many years at UTSA where she earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in Education, Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as well as her Superintendency certification. Patty is a proud orange and blue Roadrunner through and through!


Patty’s call to serve as a public educator began 30 years ago in the Southwest Independent School District where she taught 3rd and 4th grade bilingual students, general education, served as Assistant Principal at Southwest Elementary and Big Country Elementary. Principalship positions included Kriewald Road Elementary and Scobee Junior High. District leadership positions include Director of Elementary Education, Director of Accountability, Executive Director of PEIMS, Executive Director of Pupil Services, and currently serving as Executive Director of Student Outreach and Community Services where she is developing the first PreK4All program in a public school district in San Antonio.

Dr. Escobedo serves as an adjunct professor at UTSA in the ELPS Department with the Urban School Leaders Collaborative (USLC) and with students in the Roadrunner Cohorts. Patty is married to Rene Escobedo; they have one daughter Victoria, and currently have three dogs. Their family of four legged friends has ranged from two to seven as they take in stray dogs that need a loving home. In her spare time, Patty loves to spend weekends and holidays at their beach house in Corpus Christi walking along the breezy shore with her dogs. 



Dr. Geri Berger

Geri Berger, Ed.D. has been in education for 28 years with Northside ISD. She received her Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University, and her Master of Arts, Superintendent certification and Doctorate of Education from UTSA. Since 2010, she has periodically taught courses for the ELPS department and the NISD/UTSA cohorts sharing her 18 years of administrative experience. Geri is the original and current principal of Louis D. Brandeis High School, where she can support both her Broncos and her UTSA Roadrunners with her orange and blue colors. Geri is married to Tom and has two children, Kayla and Jake. In her spare time, she loves traveling and kayaking.



Honoree - UCEA Excellence in Educational Leadership Award

Dr. Brian G. Gottardy

Dr. Gottardy is Superintendent of Schools for the North East Independent School District (NEISD). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University; a master’s degree from Texas A & I; and his Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas A & M University in 1996.

Dr. Gottardy began his career in 1985 as a physical education teacher and coach at Wood Middle School in the NEISD. He spent three years at Wood before becoming the Head Coach of Southwest Junior High School in the Southwest ISD (SWISD). He began his administrative experience In SWISD as Vice Principal at Southwest Junior High School and later Director of Pupil Services, and Director of Transportation. In 2000, he became the Executive Director of Transportation for the NEISD and Associate Superintendent for Operations in 2004. The NEISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, Superintendent of Schools on September 19, 2011. He thoroughly enjoys his visits to the campuses and facilities of North East, especially meeting with staff, students, and patrons of the North East Family.

Dr. Gottardy and his wife, Patsy have been married 32 years and are the proud parents of a son, Lance and his wife Hailey and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their grandson Colt in August.    



Scholarship Award Recipients

Boma Orupabo

Amanda Garcia

Ruby Rodriguez

Guadalupe Veliz


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies





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