Judge Beatriz Gonzalez has devoted her life to serving the Crossroads region, and she isn’t about to quit now.
Gonzalez, 70, has been a practicing attorney for 40 years, including 21 in the Justice of the Peace Office. She also teaches reading skills to kindergarten and elementary school students in her spare time.
“I love Victoria,” Gonzalez said. “I am always looking for ways to give back to the community. My first career was actually in teaching, so it is wonderful that I’m able to do a little bit of that now.”
Gonzalez’s journey toward a career in public service began at Victoria College.
“I was in fifth grade when my sister graduated from high school,” Gonzalez said. “She then went to Victoria College, and that’s when I became familiar with VC. I thought to myself, ‘I think I can do that, too.’ ”
Gonzalez accumulated over 50 hours of credits before transferring to the University of Houston’s Main Campus, where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.
“I always believe God puts you where you’re supposed to be, and I had a very close friend who was already going to Victoria College,” said Gonzalez, who attended VC in 1966-67. “She said I should go to Victoria College and we could both then go to the University of Houston. That’s what we did. Victoria College wound up being the perfect place for me to start. Thanks to Victoria College, I was able to get my bachelor’s degree in just three years. Obviously, that saved me a lot of money.”
Gonzalez obtained her law degree from UH and returned to Victoria after receiving a phone call from a friend.
“Lydia Serrata, who is also a graduate of Victoria College, was practicing law here in Victoria. She called me and said she needed some help,” Gonzalez said. “She was with the DA’s office at the time, and she wanted to start her own practice.”