Angi Gonzales Carver
I have been an education advocate and proud PTA member for over twenty-five years. Rodney, my husband, and I have raised two amazing children Adrian and Dani. They are college graduates and successful because of their hard work, and our advocacy.
As a parent and educator, I learned PTA has programs and strategies that can help families with their children’s success. I worked through the ranks of my local, district and state PTA organizations, where I eventually served as President of New Mexico PTA 2007-2009. I remain an active member of my local, other states PTAs and NPTA. I have served on several committees within NPTA.
I recognize that partnerships are key to continuing growth for PTA. As a leader in New Mexico, I bring a different perspective to board. In 1982 I co-founded Las Mujeres, a group for Hispanic women and their families, teaching them the skills to better themselves and community. Working as a member of the Latino Education Task Force, in partnership with Native American Leaders and MALDEF we were successful in winning the landmark Martinez/Yazzie class action lawsuit—confirming a constitutional right to public education for minority children.
Recruiting and developing diverse leaders is one of my strengths. I have experience in getting out in rural America to tell our story of why for over 100 years PTA is the best parent advocacy association in the world! I smile and talk to anyone—I believe that culture and language are tools, not barriers to building respect and trust.
I live by the words of Georgia O’Keefe “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do!”