Ph.D., Education– Adult, Professional, and Community Education, Texas State University M.A.A., Applied Administration, University of the Incarnate Word B.A., English/Psychology, University of the Incarnate Word
Teaching Specialization: English as a Second Language
Dr. Garcia is a leader, facilitator, and promoter of intercultural exchange and continuous improvement activities that span across higher education and educational opportunities.
Dr. Garcia received her Ph.D. in education from Texas State University. The concentration of her degree focused on adult, professional, and community education. While at Texas State University, Dr. Garcia conducted research regarding educators who lived and worked abroad. The focus of her study centered on the educators’ motivation to live and work abroad and how they were able to negotiate the challenges of working in a culture different from their own. Before this, Dr. Garcia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in psychology and her Master of Arts in Applied Administration from The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), where she was awarded the distinguished Sister Alcoque Power Award for Academic Excellence.
Dr. Garcia has worked in various realms of education serving as an educational consultant for non-profit organizations, admissions counselor and academic advisor for local community colleges and universities, and even as a private teacher to the Japanese advisors at Toyota- Texas plant. She has taught both nationally and internationally in K-12 and at the college level, and for the past four years, Dr. Garcia has been serving as a faculty member with Palo Alto College in the Community Programs department. Before this, Dr. Garcia served as a teacher of English as a foreign language in Rome, Italy and Istanbul, Turkey. She also served as an ambassador for study abroad students at John Cabot University, in Rome, Italy.
Dr. Garcia is a member of Alpha Chi, The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi), she has served on the Board of Directors for the University of the Incarnate Word’s Alumni program and has recently been named Chair of Academic Achievement for the Board of Trustees for Prelude Preparatory School.