Garcia, Mario

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Mr.  Mario  A.  Garcia

CTE Department Chair
Phone  989-1528 ‚Äč

Subjects Taught

Commercial Photography, Video Technology


In 1968, I was born in Harlingen, Texas and raised in the neighboring town of San Benito located in the Rio Grande Valley. I attended the schools within the San Benito CISD and graduated high school in 1987. I went on to attend The University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, just northwest in the next county. 

During my time at the university, I majored in communications and started my working career on campus in the admissions office as well as volunteering with the university newspaper. My interests in the fields of journalism, broadcast television and photography grew with every year that I attended this institution. 

In 1992, I graduated from UTPA and moved north to San Antonio. For seven years I worked as a public & media relations coordinator for a non-profit organization that ran several long term care facilities. During that time I began to participate with the company’s mentor program at Maverick Elementary. I mentored several students during that time by helping them with their studies one hour a week. This was the beginning of my pursuit in education. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of their education and assisting them with their academics and at times being a “big brother”. 

Seven years went by and I found myself at the doors of Region 20 to begin my quest to become an educator through their alternative teacher certification program. During the two year program, I got to volunteer and observe at Jourdanton High School. It was a great experience and I learned from some wonderful professionals. By the end of the program with Region 20, I secured my first teaching job at Pleasanton High School in Atascosa County. I did a lot those first two years and “learned the ropes” from a supportive English department staff. 

Two years after, I found myself back in Bexar County and given the chance to teach at McCollum High School. I still recall the first teacher on campus that welcomed me as I was checking out my new classroom. This individual made me feel so welcomed and happy to be part of the south side community. Eleven years later and I’m still part of “Cowboy Country” and the Harlandale ISD family.



Class Schedule  

1st Period: CONFERENCE

Advisory: PLC

2nd Period: Commercial Photography 

3rd Period: Commercial Photography 

4th Period: Audio/Video Production: Broadcast 

5th Period: LUNCH

6th Period: Advanced Audio/Video Production: Broadcast (COWBOY PRODUCTIONS)
7th Period: Advanced Audio/Video Production: Broadcast (COWBOY PRODUCTIONS)



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