Mission For The Class
My mission for my classes and your students is to ensure that every student is
This is best accomplished by making the subject applicable to their lives as young adults and by providing a
safe environment where they can grow and develop into intelligent, thoughtful adults.
I want each student to be excited each day about what they are going to learn and to develop critical thinking skills that
Conference Period: 6th period: 1:50-2:35 p.m
Tutoring: Mornings: Monday- Friday 8:00-8:45, Afternoons: Wednesday-Friday 4:15-4:45 or by arrangements.
About the Teacher:
Life is a journey and one of life's lessons is just that....how to make the most of of that journey. For me, that journey began in a small Texas town called Hallettsville. I am familiar with upside and the downside of being a teenager in a small town where everyone knows everyone and the talk of the town is all about everyone's business. After attending the University of Texas at Austin, I knew I wanted to live in Austin or nearby. I lived in Cedar Park, Tx for 19 years before moving to Lockhart in 1986. I am married to a wonderful man, Gilbert Garcia for 37 years and counting and we have three children, Mark, Emily, and John. My children have all graduated from LISD, so I am familiar with the school district as a parent. I have served on the parent advisory committee and been an active member of multiple school organizations. All three of my children will have completed their college studies and have degrees varying from communications (non science) to experimental biology to computer science (sciences). I know first hand the challenges of competing in the post secondary world for students who do not have all of the technological amenities of a richer district, but I think I also know the basic skills and knowledge that can make a student successful in school and ultimately in life. This is what I hope to pass onto my students. My main focus is to provide direction for your student in order that they may develop the study skills necessary for that post secondary world.
I graduated from Hallettsville High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin where I received a Bachelor's of Art Degree in Microbiology in 1976. I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa. I also attended the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Santa Fe, New Mexico and hold certifications as a medical support Clinical hypnotherapy fellow through the International Board of Hypnotherapy. I also serve on the advisory board of the International Board of Hypnotherapy. I enjoy learning more each day about how the brain and the mind works, and how we can apply this knowledge to making our journey through life easier and more rewarding. I attended the Hay House "Yes I Can" conference in Austin, June,2014 and was privileged to hear Dr. Wayne Dyer and Dr. Brian Weiss speak.
Before coming to Lockhart High School as a science teacher, I was gainfully employed for 31 years at the Texas Department of State Health Services. During this time, I served as a microbiologist, supervisor, and finally manager for the Public Health Bacteriology Laboratory performing testing for foodborne outbreaks, sexually transmitted diseases, and FDA testing for Milk, food, and shellfish. In 2001, after 9/11 I became manager for the Emergency Preparedness Branch supervising the Biological and Chemical Threat Laboratory Response Network for the state of Texas. I performed duties 24/7/365 to ensure that Texas could rapidly respond to any biological or chemical emergency. I was a member of the Multiagency Coordination Team for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 where I worked to assist families find their displaced loved ones and get critical medical services.
So, why did I decide to teach your students? I noticed the decreasing numbers of young people interested in pursuing a career in science. The high tech era offered salaries that our core science jobs could not compete with. Therefore, we are finding ourselves as a nation in a critical shortage of trained scientists to perform research, public health activities, clinical science (laboratory) duties, and medical needs which will be required to replace the "baby boomers" when they retire. I enjoyed my career in public health, but I know I could not have been successful without the fantastic science teachers I had in high school. I think I can be a source of inspiration for my students and relate what they are learning to what they might be doing in the "real" world.
I bring with me to my classroom a life-long love for learning. I truly believe that if I am fully present, I can do anything I decide. I know this to be true for all of my students. I am excited and look forward to working with you, your students, and our school district to make this a fantastic school year and an inspiring year for our students.