Meet Merideth Garcia
Merideth Garcia is a former high school English teacher and current teacher educator at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Born and raised in rural Texas, she is a first-generation college student who earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her masters in curriculum and instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. While teaching in public schools, she earned her master’s degree in English literature from Middlebury College through the summers-only program at the Bread Loaf School of English. She taught English and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for 10 years, including one year in India, before earning her PhD in English & Education from the University of Michigan.
For the past ten years, she’s worked in teacher education in Michigan and Wisconsin, and graduates from her programs have gone on to teach in Michigan, Texas, California, Mexico, Thailand, Minnesota, and Wisconsin-including in La Crosse Schools. She lives with her husband and four cats, and she has two grown daughters – one who graduated college in the spring of 2021 and one who is pursuing her associate’s degree at Western Technical College.
I am running for La Crosse School board because I believe that public education is essential for a strong democracy and that elected representatives have a duty to support students, staff, and teachers as they co-create supportive and challenging learning environments. Though I am new to politics, I have extensive experience as a parent, teacher, and teacher educator, and I routinely work with local teachers and UWL students to improve the quality of K12 students’ learning experiences.