“Pete” Hinojosa: An Inspiration to Many
Love, passion and commitment were always accompanied by tireless work when it came to Pete Hinojosa’s leadership. The Foundation is saddened by his passing. His fifteen year service as a Foundation Board member left an indelible mark on what the Foundation has grown to be today.
Jerri Monbaron, Executive Director for the Humble ISD Education Foundation, said, “Pete would often remind his fellow board members to keep their focus on the most important stakeholders – the students and teachers. He attended multiple Prize Posse events and was always the positive, upbeat cheerleader from the first classroom to the last.”
“He loved his work with Foundation. He looked forward to riding the Prize Posse bus and seeing how excited the teachers were when they received a grant,” said Tonya Hinojosa, Pete’s daughter. Tonya, a librarian at Elm Grove Elementary, was awarded several grants by the Foundation and was surprised by her own father making the announcement one year. “It was such an honor to get a grant from the Foundation, but it was so much better to see the pride in my Dad's eyes,” said Tonya.
Pete loved meeting teachers and encouraging them in their journey. For Hinojosa, students, teachers and community
members were not just people - to him, they were family. “It was very important for him to go to campuses with larger Hispanic populations because he wanted to provide a positive role model for the kids. He was always ready to go to any school and help in any way that he could,” said Tonya Hinojosa. Today, three of his four children are following his example and making an impact as educators. “His example was one of the many reasons I became an educator. I could see his dedication and his unwavering commitment to help all the students he encountered,” said his daughter, Tonya.
Giving back, volunteering, voting and family were priorities for him. That’s why he loved his work at the Foundation and volunteered at multiple organizations across Texas like the Humble Area Retired Teachers Association, Texas Retired Teachers Association, and he served six terms as a Texas Silver-Haired Legislator (2002-2015) representing Harris County. “The impact of his leadership reached far and wide across Texas and continues to make an impact in Humble ISD,” said Jerri Monbaron.
If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation in Pete’s memory, you can do this by clicking here or mailing your donation to P.O. Box 2105, Humble, TX 77347-2105. Please note on the check or on the online form that this donation is made in memory of Pete Hinojosa, Sr.