Rebecca Bell-Metereau is an educator and dedicated community activist. She is a problem-solver who knows how to bring people together to find solutions. Rebecca is a Democrat running for the Texas State Board of Education from District 5. As a board member, Rebecca will work to improve the education of the school children of Texas and see that the resources of the Permanent School Fund are invested and used solely to improve public education in Texas.
Rebecca Bell-Metereau is a longtime advocate for Texas students. Currently a Professor of English and Director of the Media Studies Minor at Texas State University, she teaches literature and film. She is the author of four books.
After receiving her B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University, Rebecca Bell-Metereau served in the Peace Corps for two years in Africa. She returned to Indiana to earn her Ph.D. In 1997-1998, Rebecca was a Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma, and in 1999-2000, a Fulbright Scholar and Professor at Gaston Berger University in the Republic of Senegal in west Africa.
Throughout her career, Rebecca Bell-Metereau has been a leader in her community. She has volunteered in the San Marcos Independent School District and has served as a member of the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission, Blue-Ribbon Bond Commission, and San Marcos Solid Waste Commission, where she helped initiate curbside recycling in San Marcos. She has served as secretary, treasurer, and president of her neighborhood association, as representative to the San Marcos Council of Neighborhood Associations, and as secretary of the local League of Women Voters.
Rebecca was the Democratic nominee for the Texas State Board of Education in 2010, 2012 and 2016, challenging Republican Ken Mercer, who led the movement to undermine the teaching of evolution and promote inaccuracies in the history curriculum. Though she ran in tough districts gerrymandered for Republicans, her campaigns consistently outperformed expectations. In 2016, Rebecca came within four percent of defeating Mercer, the best-ever record for a Democrat in a district that has elected far-right Republicans to the board.
Because of her strong interest in making a difference on the Texas State Board of Education, Rebecca is again seeking the Democratic nomination for District 5 in the March 3, 2020 Democratic Primary. District 5 is composed of 11 central Texas counties—Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe , Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Llano, Mason, San Saba—and portions of Bexar and Travis Counties. About one-third of the voters of Bexar County and a bit more than half of the voters of Travis County live in Texas State Board of Education District 5.
Rebecca is a member of the Texas State Employees Union and the Texas Faculty Association. Rebecca Bell-Metereau and her husband, Jean-Pierre Metereau, a Vietnam veteran and a retired professor, have lived in San Marcos for more than three decades. Their two grown daughters graduated from San Marcos public schools. Teresa S. Hobby, former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby’s daughter-in-law, serves as Rebecca’s campaign treasurer.