Professor Armenta has worked as a school social worker for Round Rock I.S.D. in Austin, Texas, developing the first comprehensive school social work program in an elementary setting for that district. Additionally, in her over four decades of professional social work practice, Armenta has worked in several community and non-profit agencies in both Arizona and Texas. She has provided staff development training and workshops for over three decades for agencies and organizations on topics of parenting, developing cultural competency, stress management and compassion fatigue, group and team building, marital and family communication, assertiveness and leadership, resiliency strategies and creating a caring climate.
Armenta currently serves as Chair for the Texas School Social Workers Conference, as Chair of the Dean Jack Otis Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture, and as an appointed member of the UT Elementary School Managing Board.
Kathy Armenta completed her undergraduate work in l970 at The University of Arizona, Tucson, and her graduate work in l973 at Arizona State University, Tempe. She is licensed by the State of Texas as a Licensed Master Social Worker-Advanced Clinical Practitioner. She is certified by NASW as a School Social Work Specialist. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA), the School Social Workers Association of Texas (SSWAT), the Association of Latinos in Social Work, and the Social Justice Action Coalition (SJAC).
Armenta was the recipient of the Lora Lee Pederson Teaching Excellence award in 2009. She was selected as the “Social Worker of the Year, l996” by the Austin unit of NASW and as the “Field Instructor of the Year, l996” by UT Austin School of Social Work. She was, along with a fellow colleague, awarded the MSW faculty national award, “Influencing State Policy”, for innovative teaching in the area of policy and social action. Ms. Armenta is a graduate of the 2003 Leadership Austin cohort.
Professor Armenta is married with two grown children and two grandchildren. Her interests include time with family and friends, gardening, reading, traveling, and being a life-long learner.
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Field education; social change and community practice; school-based social work; community organizing and leadership development; experiential interventions and play interventions.
- M.S.W., Arizona State University
- B.S., University of Arizona
Social Work BuildingRoom:3.124C
Mailing AddressThe University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358