Charles Garcia

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Associate Superintendent, Midland ISD

Educational Leadership & Policy

Charles “Charlie” Garcia is an inclusive and transformative leader with a passion for promoting a growth mindset for all staff and students. He is a passionate advocate for equity and is determined in ensuring all learning barriers are eliminated and that a progressive culture of successful positive outcomes is in place at all schools. As associate superintendent in Midland ISD, Mr. Garcia currently supports and supervises sixteen K-12 schools in Midland ISD encompassing close to 27,000 students and over 800 teachers. He has made a steadfast commitment since day one of stepping into this role of instructional leader where being in schools supporting teaching and learning would be his main priority. During his first year at Midland ISD, the district made historic academic gains and earned its best report card in more than a decade. The turnaround work in MISD included earning 13 combined “A” and “B” campuses, which was more than three times the total in 2019. In addition, through targeted and tiered supports, MISD decreased its “F” schools from 9 to 2.
Prior to his tenure in MISD, Mr. Garcia served as principal at Bel Air High School in the Ysleta Independent School District where the school received one of the highest TEA Academic Ratings in the city. While in his role, Mr. Garcia was recognized as the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals TASSP Region 19 Principal of the Year as the school consistently was at the top of academic growth in the region and state of Texas.

In addition, his innovative work includes coordinating the first Fast Track Program through Texas Tech’s Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing’s Accelerated B.S.N. program at Bel Air High School. Mr. Garcia was also a key player in the strategic development and construction process of a $33 million bond-funded state-of-the-art Bel Air Athletic Complex, which features 98,000 square feet of space and dedicated areas for basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling and dance activities.

As the principal of Camino Middle School in Ysleta ISD, Garcia, with his campus team, led the school to earn all 7 Texas Education Agency (TEA) Academic Distinctions while earning some of the highest academic growth in the city. In addition, he was able to use innovative thinking and project-based mindsets to cultivate the first STEM middle school academy in the district and earned a T-STEM affiliation aligned with the high school.

A staunch advocate for public education, he has served on the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Legislative Committee and has been a keynote speaker at several conferences. For his work in educational leadership, Mr. Garcia was awarded the prestigious Nolen Estes Ascension Award from The University of Texas at Austin. His pursuit for the superintendency is aligned with his passion for placing students first, doing what is best for the collective educational community, and enhancing experiences for all students through systematic and student-first processes.

Garcia was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and is a first-generation college graduate from Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin Cooperative Superintendent Program.