Perla Campos, a 2008 graduate of Granbury High School, provided a keynote speech to close the #Teach4Gr8ness instructional technology conference on June 5, 2018, at GHS.
Her remarks at the end of the two-day conference wrapped a whirlwind of sessions organized by the Granbury ISD technology department to provide professional development opportunities for educators from GISD and other area school districts.
Introducing Campos was Acton Middle School principal Jimmy Dawson, who was principal at Granbury Middle School when Campos attended grades 7-9.
The GHS alumnae highlighted her own education and those at home, school, and church who encouraged her to succeed. In addition to her mother and youth minister, Campos thanked a number of former GISD educators for helping her through her formative years – including: Michele Bitner, a GHS English teacher who nominated Campus for a leadership program in Washington D.C.; John Dafoe, a former GMS science teacher who challenged Campos to undertake an innovative science fair project; and former GISD choir directors Duncan McMahan, Joy Hope, and Stephen Evans.
Campos is now a product marketing manager with Google Doodles. She has worked for the tech company since June 2012, first serving as an intern for the GoMo (Go Mobile) marketing campaign. Campos later moved on to managing performance ads marketing and then led brand and reputation marketing during a year and a half in Madrid, Spain. She assumed her current role in March 2016.
Google Doodles are “fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists,” according to the company. Campos highlighted her work on recognizing the late Latina singer Selena Quintanilla in a campaign in the fall of 2017.
Her class salutatorian, she is the daughter of Lydia Campos. At GHS, Campos was the president of the student council, president of the Spanish Honor Society, and vice president of the National Honor Society. Campos participated in the GHS Choir, Key Club, Spanish Club, and Pirates for Christ. She received the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award and served as a North Texas representative at that organization’s world conference. Campos was selected to the All-State Choir and received Division I ratings at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest. She attended Girls State, received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and was recognized as the Young Tex-Anne of the Month by the Granbury Optimist Club.
Campos was a Gates Millennial Scholar to Stanford University in California. She received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Chicano studies with honors in 2012 and later earned a master’s degree in international educational administration and policy analysis in 2013.
Other keynote speakers included Todd Nesloney, a Texas school principal and award-winning author, and Don Wettrick, founder of StartEdUp, author, and innovation specialist at Noblesville High School in central Indiana.