Moises Garcia plans on being the teacher he needed most during elementary school.
“Far too often, students don’t have a teacher that they feel comfortable going to for help,” explains Garcia. “I want to connect with students, provide them with practical experiences and challenge them to think beyond the textbook.”
Next spring, Garcia will become the first male to graduate as an educator from the College of Saint Elizabeth‘s traditional undergraduate program. This historic accomplishment has made Garcia particularly interested in “finding the next Moises.” In fact, he intends on encouraging other naturally ambitious and innately inquisitive students to pursue a career in education as well.
While Garcia will be the first person in his family to earn a college degree, his passion for education stems from his parents. For as long as he can remember, Garcia has been tutoring his younger siblings in every single academic subject. His parents understood the value of an education and intentionally fostered an environment conducive to both learning and teaching.
“You can never stop learning,” stresses Garcia, who plans on becoming a principal in the future. “Even after you finish school and aren’t enrolled in any formal education, there is always more to learn.”
In keeping with this philosophy, Garcia studies education at CSE during the day and takes classes at night to learn how to properly cut hair. Fascinated by the fashion industry, Garcia spends the majority of his free time absorbing as much knowledge as possible about establishing a brand. Garcia credits this boundless ambition to his positive attitude.
“I’m serious about my goals but I’m really happy inside,” says Garcia. “I feel so lucky to be where I am in life so I just keep smiling.”
Mary Colleen Robinson has a communication degree with a concentration in journalism and is currently working as the PR/Social Media Specialist at the College of Saint Elizabeth