Geraldine Yvonne Pérez has been in education for 48 years. Thirty-four of those years have been devoted to Catholic education spent at the Pharr Oratory Schools of St. Philip Neri. She is a graduate of Mission High School, Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio (Bachelor of Arts) and Pan American University where she attained her Masters Degree in Education majoring in Supervision. She also holds certificates in Life Professional Supervisor, Life Provisional Elementary and Life Provisional Bilingual Studies & Reading Specialist. Mrs. Pérez spent her initial post-graduate years as an elementary teacher for the PSJA Independent School District & Point Isabel ISD, where she served as a Classroom Teacher, Bilingual Supervisor, Reading Specialist, and Elementary Campus Administrator.
In 1980, she answered the call to establish the Rio Grande Valley's first Catholic, dual language, bi-cultural private elementary school. As principal & teacher of this new institution, she developed and implemented a balanced dual language/bi-cultural curriculum- a new concept at the time.
The school, named the Oratory Academy of St. Philip Neri, opened in 1983 with a total of fifteen students in grades PK-3 and PK-4. Today, the Oratory Academy has become an Oratory School System with three separate campuses in two countries, (U.S. and Mexico), that includes grades PK-12. Mrs. Pérez is a founding member of all three institutions- The Oratory Academy, The Newman Institute of the Oratory and The Oratory Athenaeum for University Preparation.
At present, Mrs. Pérez serves as the school's President. She has also served as Chairperson for the accreditation of Catholic schools in the state of Texas (TCCED), and has been a contributing author three national textbook reading programs in English and Spanish for grades K-8 for Scott Foresman, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois.
Aside from her career, Mrs. Pérez and her husband Manuel have raised a family of three- Maricela, Manuel Jr. and Laura. They have been blessed with three grandsons, Michael Alex Soto, Gabriel Felix Pérez, and Manuel Noel Pérez, III “Trey”. She and her family are members of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Pharr and are all active supporters of the Oratory Schools. She enjoys the arts and literature and is dedicated to helping youth reach their greatest potential while maintaining their rich cultural heritage of South Texas.