Mr. Garcia was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas and he still lives and works in KCK today. After graduating from Donnelly College with an Associate of Arts degree in 2005, Mr. Garcia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Ottawa – Kansas City in 2008.
For the past 13 years, Mr. Garcia has been employed by the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools - USD 500 as a fifth-grade general education teacher. He cannot see himself in any other profession, stating “The classroom is where I belong! I consider teaching my vocation.” Mr. Garcia and his family are also very active in their church community, Saint John the Baptist (KCK).
“As the first person in my family to attend and graduate from college, Donnelly provided a great foundation. In 1990, they helped me enroll for the first time and found a way to help me financially. If it were not for the guidance of the people in the admissions and financial aid departments, Donnelly would not be a part of my life. When I returned after a long hiatus and received my Associate of Arts degree, I found many of the same helpful, spiritual and Catholic employees still working at Donnelly. Donnelly’s faculty and staff follow the teachings of Jesus Christ by making themselves available to all people from all walks of life. In this place, all are welcomed!”