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Linda Garcia at award presentation
Top photo: Linda Garcia (right) receives bonus check
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UTSA Spotlight: UTSA alumna Linda Garcia named H-E-B Outstanding Middle School Principal

By Hector Benavides
Student Writer, College of Public Policy

(July 20, 2005)--UTSA alumna Linda Garcia recently received the H-E-B Outstanding Middle School Principal award. Garcia graduated from UTSA in 1977 with a master's degree in school administration.

Garcia took home a $1,000 cash award and $25,000 for her school, Connally Middle School in the Northside Independent School District. Garcia was honored for going the extra mile to make students feel safe and comfortable at school and providing educational opportunities for her faculty.

"It is so wonderful," said Garcia. "How refreshing it is to have someone, an organization, be positive about public education in this day and age."

Her teachers call her a role model and her superintendent calls her an inspiration.

"She puts kids first," said John Folks, Northside ISD superintendent. "They're the most important thing in the world to her."

Garcia's award was among several others that San Antonio school districts and personnel received at the annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. Northside Independent School district was named the state's outstanding school district and will receive $100,000 to spend on school programs.

Connally Middle School is one of UTSA's partnership schools that works with students seeking teacher certification. Ten to 12 UTSA students working toward teacher certification are placed there each semester.

This year, H-E-B Grocery Co. awarded $500,000 in personal bonuses and school grants to extraordinary educators across Texas. The H-E-B award program is the largest for educators in the state.

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