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According to her campaign website, Herlinda Garcia has been a champion of education serving as principal of J. P. Henderson Elementary for three decades. As a member of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees for 14 years from 1989-2003, Ms. Garcia served as Chairman of the Board in 1996 and was instrumental in expanding HCCS with new buildings in the southeast, northeast and Medical Center. In May 2011 the HCCS Board of Trustees recognized and honored Herlinda Garcia with an Award for her dedicated service to HCCS from 1989 – 2013. In May 2010 Herlinda was the HCCS recipient of the Chairman’s Legacy Award, District III.
Advocate of Students
An Advocate of children and community education and civil rights, she served on the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund National Board for six years. An American Leadership Fellow Class IX, Ms. Garcia is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Triunfando Award, the Ford Dealership Award, Certificate of Congress and Recognition by Member of Congress Sheila Jackson Lee, and the 2003 YWCA Outstanding Women of Achievement Award for Education.
Under her leadership, J. P. Henderson received the State Exemplary Award for four consecutive years and the Texas Business and Education Coalition Award. Most recently J. P. Henderson Elementary was rated the fourth best performing school in all of Harris County by the Children at Risk 2010 Greater Houston Public School Ranking. In 2013 J. P. Henderson received an “A” rating. Ms. Garcia’s school was visited by Governor Rick Perry and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2008.
In recognition of her tireless effort and dedication, General Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier recently recognized Herlinda Garcia for her campus leadership, and named her one of the most effective principals in HISD. In September 2013, Ms. Garcia was promoted to Lead Principal to mentor other HISD principals and replicate “best education practices”
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