Campus Teacher of the Year: Jennifer Garcia

Campus Teacher of the Year: Jennifer Garcia
Posted on 05/18/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Campus Teacher of the Year: Jennifer GarciaSchool: Olmito Elementary School
Current Grade Level Teaching:
 Fourth
Teaching Experience: 14 years – all at Los Fresnos CISD
Hometown: Feilersdorf, Germany
Highest Degree: Master of Education in Educational Leadership, The University of Texas at Brownsville

Why did you want to go into the teaching profession? 
The work of a good teacher has a ripple effect, educating and inspiring students who can educate and inspire others, who can then educate and inspire even more people. The power to have a positive influence on so many lives for years to come is one of the main reasons why I decided to pursue teaching. “A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell where his influence stops.”

Who or what influenced you to seek a future in education?
My high school music director, Dennis Pitcock, and my love of music inspired me to pursue a career in Music Education. My mindset shifted as I entered the education program at The University of Texas at Brownsville, where I became intrigued and inspired by my work with elementary education. I still have a strong love for music and the arts, but I am thankful for my decision to focus on general elementary education. My career is my passion.

Why did you choose to seek a position at Los Fresnos CISD?
Los Fresnos CISD is an outstanding school district with a strong history of educational excellence. I am very fortunate and blessed to have been with Los Fresnos CISD for my entire teaching career. There is no place else I would rather be.

What does the district motto “What We Do Here Shapes the World” mean to you?
The district motto goes back to the quote by Henry Adams. “A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell where his influence stops.” Every day in the classroom has an impact on our students. Everything we do has the ability to shape the world.
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