Garza’s classes usually start with a personal history riddle: “I was born a
Cheesehead; raised in the Wilds of the Last Frontier; a Javelina twice over, I most
recently became a Maternal Tejano.”
And so, students learn she tends to talk fast and loud like most “Northerners;”
her Scandinavian roots compel her to speak (or sing) her vowels on occasion; and
yet she addresses classes with a good old Texas “Y’all,” rolls her “Rs” pretty darn well and can throw in a bit of
Spanglish here and there.
following her then fiancé, current husband, Robert, to Texas from Alaska (twice the size of Texas) in 1996, Ms.
Garza enrolled at Texas A&M – Kingsville (TAMUK). She earned both her
Bachelor and Master Degrees in History, minoring in Political Science, from TAMUK. The focus of her MA was on the history and culture of South Texas, which she
completed while serving as the first Director of the Texas Tropical Trail
Region, part of the Texas Historical Commission’s Heritage Trails Program. Ms.
Garza then began a career in philanthropy, having worked for the American
Cancer Society and Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel
College of Pharmacy. Ms. Garza has also completed advanced course work at Capella University and American Public University.
birth of her son, Ethan, in March 2012, Ms. Garza became a full-time mom and
began teaching part-time at TAMUK in September 2012. Ms. Garza has taught both
sections of American History, as well as Freshman Student Success courses. As
of January 2014, Ms. Garza joined Coastal Bend College, at the Kingsville
campus, teaching both sections of American History, Government and My Cougar courses.