My name is Brian Garcia. I am running for the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board.
For my family, education is the pathway to the American Dream. My dad left Mexico at 18 to support his family. My mom fled violence from El Salvador to seek a better life for her family. Upon becoming citizens, they fought to ensure my brother Aaron and I had access to opportunities.
I am the first in my family to graduate from high school, college, earn a masters, and now attend ASU Law. My journey has been successful because of teachers, mentors, and community leaders that have helped along the way.
My Social Studies teacher, Ms. Mindy Udall, taught me the importance of civic engagement and financial literacy. She made sure everyone learned how to balance a checkbook. It's teachers like Mindy that have supported my brother and me through the various challenges we faced as first-generation students. Now, I am running to do the same for all of our students.
I am running to ensure our students have the support and skills they need to thrive in college and the workforce. I remember feeling unprepared as I crossed the stage at graduation. My brother Aaron, a junior at Corona, has expressed the same frustrations and experiences. I am confident in my ability to garner the change that we need for our students. I am an education advocate and a product of the district. I graduated from McClintock High School. Go Chargers! In addition to facilitating education outreach for Arizona Congresswoman Sinema, I have served as an AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) facilitator and tutor at McClintock.
Through AVID, I supported our students as they worked through their core classes and applied for colleges and scholarships. I understand the challenges our students face. It’s our job to ensure our students have the support and skills they need to thrive in college and the workforce! When our students succeed, our community does too!
On graduation day, I envision handing my brother and his peers their diploma. A day that embodies the hard work and sacrifice we all put into the American Dream.
My name is Brian Garcia and I am a candidate for Tempe Union High School District Governing Board. I hope to earn your support.
Brian Garcia for Tempe Union
P.O. Box 51946
Phoenix, Arizona 85076