Dr. Patricia Garcia, Superintendent of Windham Public Schools located in Willimantic, CT, possesses extensive experience in education. Her career has included roles as Teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Consultant and College Professor. Dr. Garcia has served the Windham Public School district since August 2014.
Accomplishments as Superintendent of the Windham Public Schools include expanding college learning opportunities through implementation of the Windham Early College Opportunity (ECO) program which has received national distinction, instituting algebra as a standard course in grade 8 and developing a Pre-K to grade 12 curriculum and assessment system in math and ELA. Notably, in her tenure with Windham, Dr. Garcia has increased the Windham High School four-year graduation rate to 83.7% and exited all schools from the state’s list of turnaround schools.
Before coming to Windham, Dr. Garcia served as an Education Consultant for The Center for Educational Innovation and Public Education Association, a national non-profit organization that creates successful public schools across the United States. Prior, she led the Hempstead, New York Public Schools and Prince Edward County, Virginia Public Schools as Superintendent. Notable accomplishments during her tenure include increasing the number of middle schools students taking and passing algebra I and earth science, passing an 18 million capital bond project for school renovation and redesigning a large comprehensive high school into four preparatory academies. Dr. Garcia is also an Adjunct Professor at Southern Connecticut State University.
Dr. Garcia is a visionary and courageous educational leader with widespread experience in improving school district performance. She exhibits deep knowledge about instruction, special education, bilingual education, operations and finances. She has demonstrated successful and distinctive approaches to engaging parents and the community and knowledge of the multiple factors that affect student achievement. Her breadth of experience working both within and outside the United States, spanning close to 25 years, is unique and enhanced by the fact that she is multilingual.
Dr. Garcia earned her Ph.D. degree in Philosophy from Florida State University, and is a fellow of the Broad Urban Superintendent Academy. She earned her Ed.D. at the University of Sarasota and received a M.A. from the University of South Florida, and a B.A. from the University of Panama. She also pursued graduate studies at George Mason University and the University of Virginia.
Among many notable acknowledgements, Dr. Garcia has been honored by the NAACP as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Leaders in Connecticut, and by the Windham/Willimantic Chapter with the Jacqueline Owens Above and Beyond Award for exemplary commitment. Connecticut Parent Power Network also recognized her as an “Exemplary Educational Leader.” She was recognized as a “Pioneer in Education” by the Hempstead Hispanic Civic Organization. While serving in Virginia she was awarded the “Professional Who Made a Difference in Education, Superintendent Award.” Dr. Garcia served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Latino School Superintendents. She currently serves on the Regional United Way’s Advisory Board. Dr. Garcia has joined educational leaders from across the nation on the Executive Committee of the District Administration Leadership Institute.