Joe Ramirez graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a social studies composite from the University of Texas in Austin in 1984. He achieved a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2007.
He began his teaching career as a social studies educator with the Austin Independent School District in 1984 at O. Henry Middle School, where he remained until 1993 when Mr. Ramirez became part of the original faculty that opened Bailey Middle School. He transferred to Austin High School, where he taught Advanced Placement U.S. History and Honors World History. In 1999, he was selected as the Austin ISD High School Teacher of the Year. Mr. Ramirez was inducted as an Honored Faculty Member into the Stephen F. Austin High School Hall of Honor in April 2017.
He became part of the Austin ISD Social Studies Curriculum Team in 2001 and became Austin ISD social studies supervisor in 2006 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2012. He was also selected by the State Bar of Texas to receive the Honorary Leon Jaworski Award for Teaching Excellence in Law Focused Education in 2010. During his tenure as AISD social studies supervisor, he also served as an officer in both the Texas Council for the Social Studies as well as the Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association. During his tenure in the district's social studies department, he worked with the Institute for Learning's team when they collaborated with Austin ISD and was responsible for implementing the Disciplinary Literacy program within the district's high schools' social studies departments.
Since his retirement, Mr. Ramirez has authored assessment manuals for Ohlinger Press in Columbus, Ohio, including Brands, H. L., American Stories, 4th ed.; Brands, H. L., American Stories, 3rd ed., 2015; Brands, H. L., Learning U.S. History, 1st ed., 2014; Jones, Jacqueline, Created Equal: A History of the United States, 4th ed., 2013; and Keene, Jennifer, Visions of America, 2nd ed., 2016. Originally from Falfurrias, Texas, Joe Ramirez is a descendent of the first Tejano families who came with the Jose de EscandÃ³n expedition to the Lower Rio Grande Valley in the middle 1700s.
Joe Ramirez currently serves as president of Phi Delta Kappa International, Chapter 12, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also part of the Austin Retired Teachers Association. In addition, he volunteers much of time to various community organizations including the Travis County Historical Commission, the Pioneer Farms Board of Governors, the Northwest Austin chapter of Rotary International, and the Tejano Genealogical Society of Austin. He serves as a volunteer docent at the Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History and has traveled to Turkey, Kenya, and Albania to visit and support public schools and universities in these nations.