Dr. Rebecca Bell-Metereau, a dedicated teacher, is our Democratic nominee for Texas State Board of Education, District 5. On this unpaid board, Rebecca will guarantee up-to-date texts, help prepare students for 21st Century challenges, and reduce emphasis on high-stakes testing.
Rebecca and her husband, Dr. Jean-Pierre Metereau—a Vietnam veteran—believe in service. After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University, they taught in Peace Corps Chad and translated for U.S. Air Force grain flights. Completing doctorates from Indiana University, they joined the faculty at Texas State and Texas Lutheran universities. Rebecca was Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma (1997), and Fulbright Scholar in Senegal (1999-2000).
As a community leader, Rebecca has volunteered in the San Marcos ISD and served on the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission, a Blue-Ribbon Bond Commission that funded a new library and bike paths, and a Solid Waste Task Force that helped initiate curbside recycling in San Marcos. She was secretary, treasurer, and president of her HOA, representative to the Council of Neighborhood Associations, and secretary of the Hays County League of Women Voters.
Rebecca is devoted to education, research and writing. She developed and now directs the English Department Media Studies Minor and served as Special Assistant to the President (1995-97) for student retention. She has published four scholarly books, 32 essays and book chapters.
Rebecca’s daughters graduated from San Marcos High School; one works as a nurse at Mission Hospital in Asheville and the other directs environmental grant development at MIT. Teresa S. Hobby, former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby’s daughter-in-law, is Rebecca’s campaign treasurer.
Rebecca will represent voters in Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Llano, Mason, San Saba, and portions of Bexar and Travis county. About a third of Bexar County and over half of Travis County voters live in SBOE District 5.