Mrs. Maria Garcia
God gave me the privilege of growing up in a wonderful Christian home, where my parents were in full-time ministry. Early in life I made a commitment to the Lord and to use my life to serve Him.
Spanish was my only language until I was 14 and immigrated to the US. Learning a new language at that age gave me a unique perspective and allows me to relate to what my students go through as they learn Spanish.
I obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Messiah College and a Master’s Degree from Penn State University. I have been teaching for fifteen years, mostly in middle school, but more recently at the university level, prior to coming to DC. Besides teaching, I have worked as a Spanish interpreter, both in secular and ministry-related contexts. This gave me the opportunity to interact with many Spanish speakers from around the world and learn about their countries and customs. I have traveled to Honduras, Peru, Paraguay, and Mexico where I experienced the richness and diversity of God’s world.
My husband Carlos and I have been married for 15 and together we have been involved in various forms of ministry. We helped in the planting of a Spanish-speaking church in Chester County. We have also led a church-sponsored ESL ministry and a Spanish-Speaking community group. Spanish is the language we speak at home and our two children learned to speak it as their first language.
I enjoy working with high school students because I see them as a new generation that can make a great impact for God’s kingdom. They have a wonderful excitement about life and many opportunities ahead of them. It is my hope to help them see how God can use a second language for His glory. I want my students to see that learning Spanish is not only for those who are involved in overseas missions to the Spanish speaking world. There are countless opportunities to interact with and reach out to Spanish speakers in the United States. Impacting the world through biblical thought and action can take many forms and it can even be done in Spanish!
B.S. Spanish Teacher, M.Ed. Penn State University