Dr. Garza was appointed Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) by the School Board effective July 1, 2013.
A veteran educator, Dr. Garza comes to FCPS from Lubbock, TX where she has served as Superintendent of Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) since 2009. Under her leadership, the district experienced significant gains in student achievement, while reducing the achievement gap in science, math, and social studies. She was also able to implement a strategic plan that increased graduation/completion rates.
A self-described collaborative leader, Dr. Garza designed a framework at LISD to engage students, educators, and the community in empowering people, improving educational practices, and achieving performance excellence.
Previously, she served as Chief Academic Officer for the Houston Independent School District (HISD), where she was responsible for the learning of more than 200,000 students and the management and success of more than 300 schools. She is credited with developing an educational improvement model that brought HISD from one of the lowest academically performing school districts in the state to one of the highest performing.
Dr. Garza began her career as an elementary school teacher and considers herself a lifelong learner. She has served in a number of leadership roles throughout her career, including deputy superintendent, principal, curriculum supervisor, and education specialist.
During her tenure as the Associate Executive Director for Governmental Relations for the Texas Association of School Administrators, Dr. Garza used her knowledge of school districts to represent school administrators during state legislative discussions.
Dr. Garza holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston at Victoria.
Dr. Garza and her husband, Louis, have four grown children.
August 27, 2013