Degrees and Certifications:
BA, University of Arizona (Major: English Minor: Psychology)
Mrs. Heather Garcia
Hi, I am excited to begin the new year with you. I came to Coronado in January 2020 and love being part of the Coronado family. My hope is that students will feel safe and secure in my classroom. This year reading and writing is one class period, as opposed to the previous two class period schedule. As we read, we will discover the meanings behind the text and make connections. I love the “A-ha” moments, allowing us to discover a purpose behind the words on a page. As we perfect our writing, we will look at the mechanics and grammar, but also learn to be creative, persuasive, and effective writers. I look forward to getting to know each student and helping them grow as readers and writers.
I am a Tucson native and attended Amphi schools as a child myself. I am married and have two kids, both of whom attend Amphi schools. I have a BA degree with a Major in English and a Minor in Psychology from The University of Arizona in 2008. Prior to that I obtained an AA degree from Pima Community College.
Outside of class, I enjoy cooking, baking, and sometimes dancing. My family and I also travel to Mexico a few times a year. I am able to understand, speak, and write in Spanish.
Defining Moment in Education:
As a student, I had many great teachers, but my high school German teacher, Frau Duisberg, at Amphi High had the greatest influence on me. She always encouraged us to learn beyond the subject we were learning in the classroom. I am forever grateful to her, and look to her for guidance and passion. Her enthusiasm went beyond teaching us German, and as a result I learned more than the German language in her classroom. I also had a great history teacher in 8th grade, Mr. Rowe, who formerly taught at Coronado. These teachers were inspiring to me as a student, and continue to inspire me as an adult, even after all these years.
Core Educational Belief:
Every student can learn. Our students learn in different ways, and from this we can learn from and help each other. I also believe in students asking questions and making efforts. It is easy to leave a question blank on an assignment. I encourage students to try their best and activate prior knowledge. I encourage them to take chances, it's okay to make a mistake. This is how we grow as learners and active thinkers.
I joined the Coronado family in January 2020. Prior to that I was on a long term assignment at Amphitheather High School teaching American Literature (Grade 11).