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Carlos Garcia

Carlos Garcia

  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • Superintendent
  • Successfully served as a principal and superintendent in multiple locales, as well as VP at McGraw-Hill Education Group

His story
As a senior in college, Carlos Garcia wasn’t thinking about teaching. But when he worked as a student aid as part of a child development class, he suddenly rethought his plans. After graduation and running his own import business, Carlos enrolled in an alternative certification program. That fall he was in the classroom and 35 years later he is still serving the students of California.

Teaching led Carlos to several principal positions, and ultimately, serving as superintendent of Sanger Unified School District, superintendent of Fresno Unified School District and five years as superintendent of the 5th largest and fastest growing school district in the nation, Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Under his leadership, the district grew by over 12,000 students a year and he averaged opening a new school every month.

In 2007, Garcia was named Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District. Wherever he has worked, he has always instituted major changes that have resulted in increased student achievement. He is a catalyst for change, a sought after speaker and a prime example of the level of commitment and talent of those who pursue alternate routes into teaching.

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