HOUSTON – Ben Bolt Palito Blanco graduate of 1967 was honored Sunday, Nov. 4 for her hard work and extensive community involvement when Aldine Independent School District named a middle school after her.

Dr. Viola Munoz Garcia is the daughter of Jesus and Elva Munoz, both deceased, from Ben Bolt. Dr. Garcia married Jorge Garcia, from La Trinidad, in 1971. They currently live and work in the Houston area.

Dr. Viola Munoz Garcia has been a school board member for Aldine ISD since 1992.

On Sunday, Dr. Viola Munoz Garcia was joined by friends, colleagues and family members in a dedication ceremony where the middle school was officially named after the Ben Bolt native.

“There are so many people to thank, but I want to begin by thanking the Aldine board for this great honor,” Dr. Viola Munoz Garcia stated during the dedication ceremony. “For those visiting or who do not know, the changes that have occurred in Aldine over the past two years are phenomenal. This beautiful middle school is but one of eight new buildings opened this academic year. I want to thank the community for the vision to provide Aldine students, administrators, teachers and staff opportunities to work, learn and teach in state-of-the-art buildings such as this.”

Dr. Viola Munoz García is an emeritus professor (retired) in the Department of Urban Education at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), where she served as chair of the department and as assistant chair for undergraduate programs.

Dr. Viola Munoz Garcia was the UHD Faculty Award for Service recipient in spring 2006. Dr. Garcia has 30 years of experience as a professional educator, including 10 years in public schools and 20 years in higher education.

Dr. Garcia has served as a school board trustee in the Aldine Independent School District since 1992. She was president of the Texas Association of School Boards in 2012-2013. Since 2000, she has served as a Director of the Mexican American School Board Members Association (MASBA), and she served as president in 2003. MASBA has partnered with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, NALEO, the National Education Leadership Institutes, the Equity Center, the Intercultural Development Research Association and the Hispanic Border Leadership Initiative. Dr. Garcia currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association.

She has two brothers, Jesus Munoz, retired border patrol supervisor, who resides in Premont, and Joe Munoz and wife Rosie Garza Munoz, both retired Alice ISD teachers.

They have numerous relatives, surviving aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews who live in the Ben Bolt area.