Dr. Hector Montenegro began his teaching career in San Jose, California, in 1975 where he taught math at the junior and senior high school levels. He later taught and was an assistant principal in Washington, DC, an a junior high principal and a high school principal in Virginia. Dr. Montenegro later served as chief of staff of the DC Public Schools before moving to Texas where he served as a principal and an area superintendent in Austin, as deputy superintendent for instructional services in Dallas, and as superintendent of schools for three school districts in Texas: San Marcos CISD, Ysleta ISD, and Arlington ISD. Dr. Montenegro was most recently an area superintendent in San Diego, California. He obtained his master's degree from Stanford University and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Montenegro is an internationally recognized keynote and motivational speaker, appearing at conferences, conventions, universities, schools, and special events in the United States, Russia, Japan, China, Germany, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and most recently in Chile as a special consultant on education reform with the U.S. Embassy.
He has received numerous awards, including the 2007 National Technology Savvy Superintendents Award, 2006 State-Wide Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Honoree Award for Public Education, 2006 LULAC National Distinguished Educator Award for Commitment in Education, 2006 TCEA Texas Technology Superintendent of the Year Award, and the 2005 National LULAC Educator of the Year Award.