Noemi Garza grew up in Robstown, Texas and attended Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she earned her Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008. She later attended Sam Houston State University and earned her Masters degree in school counseling in 2013.
Ms. Garza’s teaching experience began in Houston, Texas as a bilingual teacher with Aldine ISD. Aldine is where she taught for four years before relocating to Austin in the summer of 2012. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Garza joined Wayside Schools and helped open Wayside: REAL Learning Academy as the 1st grade bilingual teacher. In 2013, Ms. Garza was promoted to ESL/Bilingual Program Coordinator. She worked for Wayside: Real Learning Academy in this position through 2018. Last year, Ms. Garza took the year off to travel and spend time with family, but feels lucky to have had the opportunity to do what she loves and circle back around to her second home here at REAL once again.
Though her passion for bilingual education and biliteracy will always be a special part of her work as an educator, she is looking forward to promoting a positive school climate and supporting families, scholars, staff and the community as Dean of Students this year. Ms. Garza absolutely loves the community at Wayside and is especially eager to be back to supporting scholars in their academic, personal, and social development.
In her free time, Ms. Garza enjoys being creative, traveling, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with her family.