Homero Garcia of Weslaco joined the STISD board of directors in May of 1996.
To-date, he has served on the board for 23 years, seven of those years as board president (2008-2015).
After graduating from San Isidro High School, he pursued his bachelor of arts at Pan American University in Edinburg, majoring in elementary education, with a minor in social science. He pursued advanced coursework in general education at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, and then earned his master of education from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Garcia later returned to Pan American University, where he earned his mid-management and superintendent certifications.
A retired educator, Garcia has made education his life’s work. Throughout his career in education, he has been a classroom teacher, a middle school principal, and a superintendent for 15 years.
He believes in service, and his commitment to bettering his community and the world can be seen through his membership and leadership within various organizations and boards. He is current president of the Mexican American School Board Association board of directors, a position for which he was elected in 2018. He was also elected as the Region One School Board Association treasurer that same year.
Over the years, Garcia has been active in his city of residence, the City of Weslaco, serving as a city commissioner from 1978-1984 (Mayor Pro Tem for two years), on the City of Weslaco Board of Adjustments and Appeals from 1987-1992, on the City of Weslaco Civil Service Commission from 1995-1999, and on the City of Weslaco Airport Board from 2004-2008. He also served on the Weslaco Library Building Committee in 1984 and as first vice-president of the Weslaco Band Boosters Organization from 1987-1988. Garcia is involved with his church – St. Pius X in Weslaco – where he has served as parish council president, a Eucharistic minister, and a CCD teacher. Currently, Garcia is serving as treasurer for the Woodmen of the World-Weslaco, a role in which he has served since 2001, and he is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 3098.
Garcia and his wife, Gloria (Champion) have three daughters – Lamar, Clarissa and Sandra – and five grandchildren (two boys and three girls). Two of their grandchildren are currently pursuing their higher education at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
He takes his service on the STISD board seriously. He believes that serving as a board member is a serious commitment. “It takes quite of bit of time and dedication, but I enjoy doing it because I feel that my experience is invaluable to ensure that South Texas ISD has leadership that is ethical and inclusive, that decision-making is transparent, that the resources are equitable and that all our campuses are focused on excellence in the classroom,” he shares of his experience.
Garcia is proudest of the students, teachers, staff, parents, alumni and administrators at STISD, as these individuals are the ones who makes STISD the nationally-ranked district that it is.
He hopes to see the district’s highly-qualified staff members work as a team, or a family, to move STISD forward toward a better future. As a board, he hopes to continue representing the concerns of the citizens, the tax payers and the parents and to work with the superintendent to implement policies necessary for achieving goals.
- STISD Board Of Directors