Superintendent J.A. Gonzalez, Ed.D.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

 –Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Associate

Justice, US Supreme Court, 1902-32

Dr. J. A. Gonzalez is a teacher at heart. Put a marker in his hand and a blank whiteboard beside him and his eyes light up. Whether his audience is made up of students or fellow professionals, he relishes the opportunity to teach.


“I am fascinated with the art of teaching and learning,” he said. “Everyone is some kind of smart —be it mathematical, verbal, kinesthetic or musical. We all have a particular learning style and

it is our job, as educators, to help our students discover their talents and to build on their natural skill sets.”


A former state finalist for Principal of the Year and a participant in The Principals’ Center at Harvard University, Dr. Gonzalez has a wealth of experience and a passion for teaching. He has taught in the Educational Leadership Department as a Practicing Lecturer at the University of Texas-Pan American.


Dr. Gonzalez officially became McAllen ISD’s Superintendent on August 4, 2016, after having served as the District’s Interim Superintendent from February through August.