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Get to Know Dimitri Garcia

What is your previous work experience?
Hello, Hereford!  My family and I are happy to be part of this wonderful
community.  Joining me here is my wife, Callie Garcia, who will be teaching at HJH, my
son Elijah, my namesake Daniel, and my little girl Thea Ruth.  My mother, a retired
teacher of 31 years, is also excited to be in Hereford with her grandchildren.
Prior to coming to HISD, I was the Perryton Junior High Principal for four
incredible years.  Before that, I was the principal of William Soza Early College High
School down in the west Texas town of Presidio!  Presidio was also the place that firmly
placed me on the road of public education.  I started off this career as an English I
teacher for 9th grade, and I could not be more blessed to continue this professional
journey as HISD’s new secondary director of curriculum and instruction.  I eagerly look
forward to serving our teachers, staff, and administration to find more ways to equitably
support our students and our community.

Why did you become an educator?
When I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso, with a degree in
English and American literature, I had the opportunity to work with a community of
underrepresented and underserved students.  I attribute this humbling and rewarding
experience to my mother-in-law, Arlene Griffis, who at the time, encouraged me to
become a teacher.  She, a retired teacher herself, knew that living and teaching on the
border of Ojinaga and Presidio would be a wonderful opportunity for me to find my
calling.  I honestly was not ready to jump into the classroom, but I can tell you now that
becoming a teacher was the best decision I ever made, next to marrying my wife.  Being
an educator has changed my life for the better, and I hope I can do right by Hereford
and support the wonderful things that are happening at HISD.

Who influenced you to become an educator?
My mother, Ruth, was the first in my family to attend and graduate from college. 
It was her expectation that her sons would follow in her footsteps and become college
graduates as well.  I am thankful for the example that she, and the other women in my
family, have set for me to become a servant leader and educator.  In addition, Mr.
Haynes, my English III AP teacher, instilled in me a passion for literature.  He never
allowed me to settle and always challenged me to become a better writer and an avid
reader.  Most of all I am thankful for my colleagues that I worked with my first year as a
teacher.  I was hired to be a teacher, but I didn’t become a passionate educator until I
worked with and was inspired by passionate educators.  Those colleagues of mine
showed that education was a calling, and though anyone could become a teacher, it
would take hard work and dedication to learn how to become an effective teacher. 
What is your favorite quote?
"Relationships before rigor; grace before grades; patience before programs; love
before lessons." - Dr. Brad Johnson