Birthplace and date: Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia; Sept. 30, 1959.

Marital status: Separated.

Children: Gabriela Esperanza, 16; Anastasia Sophia, 13.

Schools children attend: Gabriela, 11th grade, Anastasia, ninth grade, Watkins Mill High School (public school).

College: Montgomery College, Catholic University of America.

Celebrity I most resemble: Antonio Banderas.

Most notable characteristic or personality trait: Friendly and easy to get along with (just ask the other board members!).

Languages other than English spoken by you and your family: Spanish.

I've love to trade places for a day with: Prince Siddhartha, aka Buddha.

Nobody knows I: almost ended up finishing high school in Cuba.

Favorite quote: "Abandon all hope, ye who enter!" -- "The Divine Comedy," Dante Alighieri.

Best movie I've ever seen: "Miracle in Rome," directed by Lisandro Duque Naranjo, written by Naranjo and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Best book I've ever read: Two books -- "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and "Santa Evita" by Tomas Eloy Martinez.

Favorite subjects in high school: Drawing. I have always wanted to be an architect.

My study habits as a student : Driven to complete the task.

All-time favorite TV show: Two actually, "M*A*S*H" and "Cheers."

Restaurant in my district where parents would most likely run into me: I like most of them and do not have a specific preference.

Car I drive: BMW 323i.

Best car I've ever had: BMW 323i.

Person in history I would most want to meet: Michelangelo Buonarroti, artist.

Most important influence in my life: My family.

Favorite place to vacation: Anywhere in the Caribbean, but I always prefer Cartagena, Colombia, the second oldest city in the Americas.

Most interesting place I've ever visited: The house of the late Mexican architect Luis Barragan.

Pet peeve: None (I think).

Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I am too strict or dogmatic.

Impression people have of Montgomery County schools that I would most like to change: That the students are mostly white and come from wealthy families.

Gabe Romero admires the work of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Nobel laureate. Romero likes the TV series "M*A*S*H," whose cast is shown here.