Phone: 719-495-1149 Ext. 4196
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Spanish Language Teaching from the University of Texas
Mrs. Blakely Garcia
¡Hola! This is my 16th year teaching Spanish, and my 4th year as a Horizon Panther. I'm originally from Houston, Texas, and that's where my love for Spanish began. I started taking Spanish as a freshman in high school and never looked back. Upon graduating from high school, I spent a month in the north of Spain, in the magical city of Santander. I attended classes at the Universidad de Cantabria each morning and explored in the afternoons. After graduating with a B.A. in Spanish Language Education from the University of Texas, I spent 2 months in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I returned from Argentina and started my first teaching job at a high school in Round Rock, TX, just outside of Austin. Since then, I have taught levels 1-3 to both middle school and high school students.
My husband and I have 3 kids, a sophomore in high school, a 5th grader and a 1st grader. In my youth, I played basketball, volleyball and softball and loved watching sports with my dad. I still love watching sports, but don't play nearly as much as I once did. My husband is a tattoo artist, so we also love creating things, painting, drawing, decorating and all things art related. When I'm not working on school stuff or playing with the kids, you can find me watching Spanish shows on Netflix.
I always wanted to be a teacher. As a kid, I had a ginormous chalkboard that I used to play school with all the willing kids on my block. Do you know what an overhead projector is/was? I had one of those, too. Teaching can be challenging, but it is very rewarding too, and that's why I do it. I love the light bulb moments when students get it. For me, effort is everything. Give me your all, ask relevant questions and work hard. It's going to be a great year! I look forward to working hard with you! Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with questions, comments or concerns. Email is the best way to reach me.