Armida Hernandez

District: Rio Grande

Administrative: Communications - Member

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Armida H. Hernández, PhD. was born in El Paso, Texas to immigrant parents who arrived in El Paso because of the Mexican Revolution.  Her father, Francisco Hernandez, worked for Southern Pacific Railroad and her mother, Lucia Urias Hernandez, was a housewife.

Armida is the seventh of nine children.  She attended public schools in El Paso and graduated high school with honors (salutatorian of her class) in 1956.

Armida Hernandez married right after high school and soon became mother of seven children.  In 1970, she began her educational journey and graduated with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso earning a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1974.  In 1976, Armida completed a Master of Education degree at the University of Texas at El Paso through a Title VII Fellowship program and finally, in 1986, Armida completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree through another Fellowship program at New Mexico State University. As an educator, Armida acquired teaching and administrative credentials and worked in three states, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. As a school administrator, Dr. Hernandez gained extensive experience in curriculum development, education research, program administration and grant writing. For her grantwriting efforts, Dr. Hernandez was recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer in 2011 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Now retired, she volunteers with two major organizations:  Assistance League of El Paso (ALEP) and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)/AmeriCorps. ALEP focuses on schoolchildren who are in need of a suitable wardrobe for school and RSVP’s focus is on recruiting seniors for volunteer positions and publicly recognizing those efforts.  She also serves on the Social Justice Committee at her church.

Armida H. Hernandez is a grandmother, a great-grandmother and is expecting to be a great-great-grandmother in March of 2024.

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