From 2005-2009, Poncho Nevárez served as a Trustee on the Eagle Pass ISD Board, and played a key role in increasing the number of the district’s schools rated “Exemplary” by the state.
Poncho had a particular impact on math and science programs. Noting that students were not performing well in those subjects, he and the rest of the board members, with the support of administration and teachers, pushed through reforms that provided more support for teachers and students as well as an improved curriculum. At the same time he was on the school board, Nevárez served on the Maverick County Tax Appraisal District and saw firsthand the impact of property taxes on homeowners.
Nevárez was raised in Eagle Pass. He and his two sisters were raised by a father who worked at the post office and a mother who was an office assistant. Poncho was a two-year letterman in track and graduated high school in 1990. Poncho worked part-time while attending UT-Austin and working toward a degree in Government. In 1994, he became the first in his family to graduate from college.
From 1994 to 1996, Nevárez took graduate courses in business administration at Texas A&M-International University. Poncho then moved on to law school at St Mary’s University in San Antonio and graduated in 1999.
In 2002, he married the former Rossy Guadarrama, whom he has known since they were children. They have three children, Renata, age 9, Rominna, age 6 and Alfonso Hernan (Ponchito), age 1. The family attends Our Lady of Refuge Church in Eagle Pass.
Today, Poncho is a successful attorney with ten employees in four offices. Each year, he devotes a great deal of time providing free legal services to needy elderly.