Rolando Pena has been an educator for forty-four years and in that time he has been a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and currently a superintendent starting his seventeenth year. He has the longest tenure as a superintendent in Region One and has one of the longest tenures in the state. He has been selected by the Texas Association for School Administrators as a mentor and model administrator for beginning superintendents.
Rolando received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and a Masters degree in School Administration from Pan American University in 1972. He attended and graduated from the Edcouch Elsa High School in 1964.
Rolando and his family have a passion for nature and travel. His hobby is nature photography and so comes his love to travel where wildlife is more abundant. He and family spend most summers in Alaska enjoying nature and the outdoors. Currently, he is partnering with the Audubon Texas staff in photographing our local coastal sanctuaries that support the largest Reddish Egret and Roseate Spoonbill colonies in the world. Mr. Pena has a special understanding of the natural world we strive to protect and is committing that same endeavor to high school and college students.
Mr. Pena is an active member of the Sharyland Board of Trustees and serves as Vice President for the Equity Center. The Equity Center is an Austin based lobbying group that brings equity into state funding for poor school districts. Rolando has served as a cabinet member for the Edinburg Teacher's Credit Union and has served on the Valley District Council for Girl Scouts. He has for many years participated as delta area fund raising chairperson for United Way.