Sergio Lira, Secretary, District III
Sergio Lira was elected to the HISD Board of Education in December 2017. He is a passionate advocate for educational social justice to ensure all students are academically prepared to compete effectively in college, career, and a global economy. He is committed to strengthening neighborhood schools to attract and retain top students and build on academic, fine arts, and athletic programs.
Dr. Lira attended HISD schools and is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School. He attended the University of Houston, where he earned a bachelor of science in business commerce, master’s degrees in liberal arts and education management, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies. He graduated from the Superintendent Certification Program at the University of Houston–Clear Lake.
Dr. Lira has worked most of his career as an educator in District III. He was named the Southeast District “Teacher of the Year” while an elementary school teacher. As an administrator, he has a proven record of turning around underperforming schools. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Lira served as assistant principal at Chavez High School, where he contributed to an increase in TAKS scores from the low 20s to the high 70s in math and science. Since 2009, he has been an assistant principal at Bellaire High School, which saw significant improvements in student STAAR math scores during his tenure.
Dr. Lira has received numerous awards for his educational leadership, including the 2016 Courage Award from the Texas Organization Project for “Helping Immigrants and Families,” and a 2009 Fellowship Award to the Harvard Graduate School Fellows Institute for his attendance in “Improving Schools—The Art of Leadership.” Dr. Lira has presented seminars at the University of Houston for the past five years on "Maximizing Opportunities for At-Risk Students."
Dr. Lira and his wife have two college-educated children who also attended HISD schools, and a grandson who attends an HISD elementary school.