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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Regent Sanchez Named ’Hispanic Hero’

Alvin Community College regent ‘Bel Sanchez was recently named a 2018 Hispanic Hero by Comcast Houston for her contributions to the community.

She is one of ten recipients for this distinction. Hispanic Heroes receive the honor for demonstrating an outstanding commitment in making a difference through volunteerism, mentorship, advocacy, or civic engagement.

Sanchez was a first-generation college student and would become an educator. While education is important to a community, so is public service, she said.

“I love serving others and that is why I do what I do daily,” she said.

Each Hero will take part in a 30-second Public Service Announcement for television. A $1,000 donation will be made to a non-profit organization of their choice.

“I feel that ‘Bel Sanchez is a very deserving recipient of this distinguished award,” ACC President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht said. “Ms. Sanchez is a true servant leader who has given so much to our community.”


Sanchez was an educator with Alvin ISD for 30 years. She was the district’s first director of Bilingual and ESL Programs. She named the district’s teacher of the year in 1987.

After retiring in 2011, she began working with Communities in Schools and the Alvin Community Family Center. She has also volunteered and/or served on the boards of many local organizations including the Thelma Ley Anderson YMCA, Red Cross of Brazoria County, Soroptimist International of Alvin, Alpha Delta Gamma and the United Way of Brazoria County.

Sanchez was named Alvin’s Citizen of the year in 2013. Alvin ISD has named an elementary school in her honor.

“I feel I am a product of two wonderful, giving individuals, my Mom and Dad,” she said. “Neither were educated, however, they were wise beyond what an education could give them. Their legacy was that of always serving others, looking out for one’s fellow man and in doing that they felt they were doing the Lord’s work.”

Sanchez has served on the ACC Board of Regents since 2008. She recently won a second, six-year term in May.

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