Fernando Romero
A Long History of Community Involvement in Education

Fernando Romero, was born in El Paso, Texas and is a 55-year resident of Las Vegas, where for the past fifty-four of those years – to the very present – he has actively participated in numerous education, civic and political organizations with the goal of informing, educating, advocating for and empowering the Hispanic community.

He is a 1970 graduate of UNLV where he founded the Student Organization of Latinos (SOL), a student advocacy organization that is Nevada’s oldest Latino organization that continues to exist in CCSD high schools. That same year, Fernando co-founded the UNLV Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Nevada’s oldest African American fraternity whose main mission is to unite college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity. Both organizations were started under the same premise, that PUBLIC EDUCATION IS INTENDED FOR EVERYONE! Fernando showed up for our students in the late 1960’s and 1970’s.

Throughout the 1970’s, Fernando would go before past CCSD Boards of Trustees to advocate for the employment of Latino community liaisons and resource workers with whom he worked hand-in-hand to reach out to the Latino community to assist families in every which way needed. These Clark County School District trailblazers included unsung heroes such as Frank Esparza, Mary Esparza, Élida Hernández, María Salazar, Vicky Gonzalez, María Galindo, and others. Fernando showed up for the community in the 1970’s.

In 1980, after two years of working together with the U.S. Department of Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the San Diego Bilingual Education Service Center, the Clark County School District (CCSD), and many other public and non-profit entities, with Fernando in the lead, the quarter-of-a-million-dollar Bienvenido Bilingual Education Project was born. With Fernando in the lead, it was the first time that CCSD had ever conducted an in-depth study of Clark County’s Latino community. In 1982, Fernando formed and sponsored the first Hispanic Boys Scout Troop in Southern Nevada. Fernando showed up for the School District, Community, and students in the 1980’s.

For years, Fernando worked with various CCSD Superintendents advocating for English-as-a-Second Language programs, the recruiting and hiring of more Latino teachers, and lobbying for the naming of schools in recognition of worthy Latino community leaders. These schools are Arturo Cambeiro Elementary School, Reynaldo Martinez Elementary School, and Edmundo Escobedo, Sr. Middle School. Fernando showed up for community leaders in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Fernando’s four children have all been products of the Clark County School District, and as a caring parent, he has been deeply involved in their education meeting with teachers and school administrators pertaining to their education. He has had children in CCSD schools since 1980 to the present. Miguel, his older son, is a graduate from the UNLV School of Architecture. His daughter, Eva, received her Bachelor’s Degree from Pepperdine University and her Law degree from the UNLV Boyd School of Law. Anthony attended Southern Utah University. His son, Erick, who has functioned with an IEP throughout his entire 12 years of school, is a senior at East Career Technical Academy from where he will be graduating with a 2.9 GPA. Erick’s IEP has given Fernando a deeper and personal insight as to what parents with special ed children contend with at school. Fernando showed up for his family’s education from 1980’s to the present.

Fernando’s involvement in CCSD is magnified even more as he participates as a voting member of the School Justice Partnership Program which concentrates on school discipline issues, law enforcement in schools, trauma, youth mental and behavioral issues, and other matters that are relevant to school communities. Fernando continues to be hands-on as it pertains to the education of ALL children as he is a member Fernando is also a member of the Global Community High School and Rancho High School SOTs where he represents the community on each SOT. After more than five decades of devoting his efforts toward a more equitable education of all students, of giving of himself to students, teachers, the community, and to Public Education, Fernando Romero continues to show up.

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