Getting to Know: Mrs. Garcia
Last fall, we began interviewing our new faculty. Today, we feature Michelle Garcia, our 5th/6th grade Teacher Intern. Michelle has been part of the community for a few years now. Both of her children graduated from Saint Mark’s, Malena ’16 and Roman ’18. As a mom, Michelle volunteered in the classroom where she found a love for teaching. “I discovered that I enjoy the process of learning and I have a lot of patience,” she says. Michelle mentions that what attracted her to Saint Mark’s was how the faculty and staff truly know their students. “They pay close attention and really care about their growth and development which is exactly what I wanted in a school when we applied,” says Mrs. Garcia
Michelle grew up in Altadena and later moved to Texas where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. In her free time, Michelle enjoys reading historical books and catching up on laundry. She also has 4 chickens that lay eggs and enjoys taking care of her hens.
What attracted you to Saint Mark’s? What has been a highlight so far?
My first impression of Saint Mark’s was was that the faculty and staff truly know the students. They pay close attention and really care about their growth and development. This is exactly what I wanted in a school when we applied. A highlight of being here at Saint Mark’s is when my children graduated in 2016 and 2018.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy reading and catching up on laundry.
What book are you currently reading? What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I am into historical books lately and am reading Antonia Fraser’s Marie Antoinette.
Why did you get into the field of teaching? What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
I kind of fell into the field of teaching through volunteering in classrooms. I discovered that I enjoy the process of learning and I have a lot of patience.
Share a little known fact about you, something that we might not find on your resume.
I have 4 chickens that lay eggs. So in my spare time, I enjoy taking care of my hens.
Tell us a little bit about your background. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Altadena, went to Texas for my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and lived in Denver before returning to California.
What do you hope your students will learn from their time in your class?
I really hope the students I work with learn to find and tackle their own challenges. I have personally learned that if I don’t find a challenge for myself, that life will find one for me.