GERRY MACPHERSON FLEURIET
ASTEF'S ADVOCATE FOR EDUCATION 2020
Meet Gerry MacPherson Fleuriet, the fourth ASTEF Advocate for Education Award Winner!
Gerry was recently selected to receive the award as an avid supporter of education and her commitment to education. According to the selection guidelines, candidates must strive to improve education in Texas through continued outstanding service and financial support benefitting Texas students and/or educators while not a current educator herself. In addition, the nominee must show excellence in leadership and serve as an example to others as an advocate for education. The ASTEF Board of Directors, with great pride, is honored to present the award to Gerry MacPherson Fleuriet..
Gerry has served on the Harlingen school board since 1996. She is a Leadership TASB graduate, serving as Board President three times, Vice President three times and Secretary. A Harlingen native and HHS graduate, she is a graduate of Vanderbilt University's Peabody College. As a long-time volunteer in Harlingen schools, she helped create and continues to support the Harlingen Area Education Foundation. She was instrumental in creating HHS Graduation Celebration, College and Career Resource Rooms, award-winning programs for high school students.
A former elementary teacher, Gerry has served the community in many capacities. She was a Community Relations Banking Officer; founder and vice president of the International EMS Harlingen Community Emergency Care Foundation; the first RioFest Honorary Lifetime Director.
She helped form Harlingen Main Street and Leadership Harlingen and served on various community boards and committees, including Harlingen's Capital Improvement Advisory and as an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church. In 1992 she was recognized by the Zonta Club and the "Woman of the Year" and received the North Harlingen Rotary Club's "Service Above Self" Award. In 1998-99, the Zonta 2 Club awarded her its "Woman of Excellence for Community Service" Award. The Harlingen Chamber of Commerce awarded her the Heritage Award in 2002 for her leadership and service to the community. Gerry and her husband are the proud parents of adult children along with their spouses and equally proud of their three grandchildren.