By Sophia Burridge
At Santa Barbara Junior High, we are lucky enough to have an amazing community to help and support us with everything. On top of that, we have a great principal, Mr. Garcia. I was able to interview him, to ask some questions about our school, and him.
The first thing I asked Mr. Garcia, is when he decided to be a principal. He told me that first he was a teacher for six years, then he decided to become a principal. He also worked at La Colina before he came here, but he decided to come here because he went to school here and the teachers and staff really impressed him. He wanted to be a part of this community. It is Mr. Garcia’s 7th year being the principal here.
In ten years, Mr. Garcia hopes that he will still be working here as the principal. His biggest challenge as a principal is helping teachers help students stay on track to graduate junior high, and then graduate high school so they will be successful in the future.
I asked him what his career would be if he could be anything else, and he mentioned that he wanted to be an architect when he was younger. If he wasn’t a principal or an architect, he would want to be a lawyer. Outside of school, he enjoys hanging out with his family, going to the gym, and fishing.
Coming into the school year, Mr. Garcia was looking forward to being able to help out students and making sure they felt comfortable and welcomed here. Also, this school year, every student was lucky enough to get iPads. Mr. Garcia was excited to use iPads as our tool for the future, because we can do so many more things with the iPads than we can do with the textbooks.
After the interview, I was able to conclude that Mr. Garcia is very supportive of all of the students, and will always help us when we need it. If you see Mr. Garcia around campus, be sure to say hi.