Dr. Estella De Los Santos was born on August 31, 1955, to Luis M. Palacios and the late Julia H. Palacios. Estella was married to Rudy De Los Santos for 47 years until he passed away in 2020 from cancer. They have two children, Carol (Joshua Mowles) and Eric (Abran Rodriguez); one granddaughter, Adriana Marie Rains; and two step-grandsons, Candelario Alare and Mika Morris.
Estella attended elementary schools in Palacios, Tx. After moving to Victoria, she attended Patti Welder Jr. High School and graduated from Stroman High School in 1973. She earned her Associate in Arts in 1976 from Victoria College. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1977 and her Master of Education degree in 1983 from the University of Houston-Victoria. She achieved the Education Doctorate degree from the University of Houston main campus in 1994.
Dr. De Los Santos has teacher certification in the following areas: Elementary General, Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, Secondary Mathematics, and Secondary Computer Information Systems. She taught elementary school, middle school mathematics, and high school mathematics and computer science for the Victoria Independent School District (VISD) from 1977 to 1991. She has been a mathematics professor for the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Houston-Victoria since 1991.
Dr. De Los Santos’ community service has included membership or service in the following:
Calhoun County Teacher of the Year Committee, Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #2273, Deputy Registrar Volunteer, Golden Crescent Quality Work Force Planning Committee, Mentor/Networking Initiative Regional Advisory Committee, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Our Lady of Victory CCD teacher, Legion of Mary Nursing Home Ministry, Kolbe Women’s Prison Ministry, Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) Catholic Church ACTS Team, OLS Ballet Folklorico Parent's Group, OLS Catequesis Familiar, Cursillo Movement, OLS Education Committee, OLS Parish Pastoral Council, OLS Support Group & OLS Tu Yo Y Cristo Team, Phi Delta Kappa Audit Committee, Professional Women's Group, Tom Green County Spelling Bee Sponsor, Victoria Democrats Organization, Victoria Educational Partnership Advisory Committee, VISD Shields Accelerated Magnet School Site-Based Decision Making Committee, VISD Smith Elementary Career Day Speaker, VISD Smith Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, VISD Smith Elementary Room Mother, Victoria High School Parent Teacher Organization, VISD Crain Intermediate Parent Teacher Organization, Howell Parent Teacher Organization, VISD Crain Intermediate Parents on Patrol, Victoria/Memorial High School Band Sponsors, Victoria/Memorial High School Parent Teacher Organization, Victoria Independent School District Strategic Planning Committee, VISD F.W. Gross Texas Public School Week Volunteer, VISD Spelling Bee Judge, VISD Dr. Seuss Day Volunteer Reader, and Smith Science Fair Judge Volunteer.
Dr. De Los Santos has been a representative on the Victoria Independent School District Board of Trustees since 2004. She has served on several V.I.S.D. committees including the Dana Center Partnership for Higher Math Achievement, Magnet High School Design Team, Handbook/Code of Conduct Committee, High Performance Model Strategic Planning Committee, School Health Advisory Committee, and Policy Committee.
Dr. De Los Santos professional association memberships have included:
Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Sorority, Alpha Delta Kappa Texas, Alpha Delta Kappa Epsilon Zeta Chapter American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Director of Field Experience, Mid-Coast Teacher Center, National Field Director’s Forum, Texas Association of Certification Officers, Texas Consortium of State Organizations for Teacher Ed., Texas Directors of Field Experience, Texas Teacher Center Network, Golden Crescent Tech-Prep/School-To-Work Partnership, Mathematical Association of America, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Texas Council of Mathematics Teachers, National Education Association, Texas State Teachers Association, Texas Faculty Association, Victoria Faculty Association, Phi Delta Kappa, Southwest Educational Research Association, Texas Statewide Systemic Initiative (TSSI) for Reform in Math, Science & Technology Education, Texas Teachers Empowered for Achievement in Mathematics, National School Boards Association, and Texas Association of School Boards.