If you know me, you probably know me as Ms. Garcia. Since I got married a couple of years ago, I tried to go by Mrs. Windham, but to no avail, everyone at South Loop seems to love me as Ms. Garcia. Feel free to address me as either, I’ll respond!
This is my 12th year as an official South Loop School Teacher, but my 13th year at SL. I had the fortunate opportunity to student teach with Ms. Jenkins in the 2006-7 school year as well. I spent the first 5 years teaching 4th grade, which I loved. When the chance to move up to Middle School came along, I was hesitant, but it’s been such a rewarding experience with 5th-8th graders, and now I can’t imagine teaching any other age group. For the past few years I taught Social Studies in middle school, but was also the technology coordinator. This year my focus will mostly be on media literacy and technology, and I will continue to be the Tech Co.
I graduated in 2007 with my B.A. in Elementary Education. I went on to get my Masters in Ed. in 2012 from American College of Education with a focus on Educational Leadership. I have continued my professional growth through our code.org program, as well as Facing History. I am also currently working on becoming a Google Certified Educator!
One of the things I value most about being a teacher is the relationships I build with my students. Through Yearbook Club, Beta Trips, middle school events, and the 8th Grade Class trip, I learn so much about the individuals who walk through our halls. I ensure that my students know that my door is always open to them for any of their academic or social-emotional needs.
When I’m not at SL, I love spending time with my daughter, my husband Kevin, and our dog Lennon. We enjoy binge watching Netflix shows, Wednesday night dates, slurpees (he proposed at 7-Eleven!), concerts, college football, and spending time with family. My favorite thing to do right now is being a new mom and enjoying every moment I have with my (just turned 1!) Penelope!