My wife was a big inspiration in me wanting to become a teacher. She is a teacher as well and encouraged me to pursue the career. Many people had told me that I would make a good teacher (I hope I am), but my wife encouraged me the most and helped me to bring out this passion. She continues to help me to hone my skills and grow as a teacher.
I enjoy being able to share my passion for history. There is always something new to learn about and from the past. Being able to incorporate perspectives from our international students helps the class to see world events in new ways.
It is neat to see a student sees all of the connections in historical events as well as in their own lives. History is not an easy thing to learn in many ways. It can be challenging to learn all of the connections and the people and events involved. I help them to learn through making personal connections to the content. We have all heard the phrase “History repeats itself”, but I take it a step further and help the students make that connection to their lives. understanding what is going on in the world today is done through understanding the past.
In my free time I like to spend time with my wife and my two corgis. They keep us busy with their constant energy. I also like to play board games and listen to audiobooks. I also like to travel a lot and see different parts of the country.
Menaul has an amazing culture. I had a friend in High School who was from South Korea and attended Menaul. I heard great things about the school and how neat it was to have an international school right here in Albuquerque. Not to mention the history behind the school. When I was looking for a new teaching job and saw what Menaul had to offer, I was immediately drawn in. I am glad to have been given a chance to be here and to experience this community.
We have students from all over the world and walks of life. No where else are you going to see such a harmonious blending of culture and society. Our culture runs deep at Menaul, and it is very common to see Alumni return for homecoming, sports, and community events. The Menaul community will welcome you with open arms and you will quickly feel at home. Being new to Menaul, I saw this firsthand.
Steven Garcia: Upper School History, Student Council Advisor, MA Traditional History