Roberto J. Santos is a native Laredoan who attended local schools and received his high school diploma from Martin High School. Upon graduation, he received an athletic scholarship to St. Edward’s University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. He continued his studies at the University of Texas-Pan American where he completed a Master of Science Degree in Education. With a strong belief in pursuing higher education, he enrolled at Laredo State University and later at Texas A&M Kingsville where he received an administrator certificate as well as a superintendent’s certificate.
Mr. Santos has worked for the United Independent School District for 31 years. He has served the District in numerous positions: Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Director for Human Resources, Assistant Superintendent for Support Services, and Associate Superintendent for Student Support Services. In 2005, Mr. Santos was named as Superintendent for United I.S.D. As Superintendent, Mr. Santos oversees one of the largest school districts in Texas, with an enrollment of about 43,500 students. With approximately 6,700 employees, United I.S.D. is also one of the largest employers in Laredo.
His most recent honors include: Laredo Next Generation Rotary Club “2014 Unsung Heroes Award”; Latin American International Hall of Fame; Imaginarium “Image Award”; Future of Texas Award; Laredo Diploma Plus Foundation Leadership Award; Border Olympics Honorary Director; Martin High School Tiger Legends; LULAC Council #12 Tejano Achievers; Gateway to Mexico All-Sports Clinic Hall of Honor; American Cancer Society Relay for Life Honorary Chairman and March of Dimes Honorary Chairman.
Mr. Santos’ philosophy of education is simply that all children can learn. Santos states, “My goal as an educator is to ensure student success. It is my personal commitment to do everything humanly possible for children to learn to the best of their ability in a safe and caring environment so that they will become life-long, productive members of our society.”
An important aspect of his life is family: his wife, Carmen (a retired teacher), two daughters, Christina S. Casanova and Larissa L. Santos (both in the educational field), two granddaughters, Andrea Victoria and Alexandra Rochelle Casanova, and two grandsons, Greyson and Dylan Comoglio Santos.