By Chris McGuinness
Killeen Daily Herald
Killeen school board member Minerva Trujillo was honored Thursday by friends, staff and community members in a ceremony at Maxdale Elementary School.
Trujillo was recognized by the Killeen Area Alliance of Black Educators, who unveiled a portrait of her, which will be displayed in the entrance hallway at Maxdale, where she served as the school's first principal.
"(Trujillo) has always been humble, and worked hard to do a lot of great things for community and kids in Killeen," said Brockley Moore, the nonprofit organization's community support chair. "She's really a person who works for the betterment of the children here."
Trujillo worked for 29 years with the Killeen Independent School District as a teacher, principal and administrator. She was the first Hispanic principal in the district.
Trujillo was elected to the district's board of trustees in May 2010.
Trujillo worked as the principal of Willow Springs Elementary and later at Maxdale when it opened in 2001. She later moved on to work as principal at Audie Murphy Middle School when it opened in 2003, retiring in 2009.
"She has had a lasting impact on Maxdale and many other schools in (the district)," said Ronald Knight, Maxdale's current principal.
"I think it's very fitting to have her picture at our school.
Former Killeen Superintendent Charles Patterson, who appointed Trujillo to her position of principal at two schools, said he was not surprised to see her rise to the district board of trustees.
"She is one of those people who strives to make our community better," said Patterson. "I'm thrilled to see what she has done for our students."
Killeen's current superintendent, Robert Muller, agreed.
"She has touched literally thousands of lives," said Muller.
Trujillo spent much of her speech praising not herself, but the people there to honor her. She thanked the district's teachers and her former administrators and staff, characterizing them as "angels."
"I was so humbled; it's just very heartwarming to see all the staff and my friends," said Trujillo. "It's these people, who work so hard for our kids, that make our district so wonderful. It really is like a family."
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