Tiasha J. Garcia brings her creativity and storytelling gifts to her students with short, original works written exclusively for the classroom. Using costumes, props, and a lot of exaggeration, Ms. Garcia creates comprehensible input to assist students on their Spanish language acquisition journey. Her first novel La Pena de Crecer is scheduled to be published with TPRS Books, with three other books also under contract. She has published flash sci fi on the site 365 Tomorrows and written informational texts and biographies celebrating Black history. In addition, Ms. Garcia volunteers her editorial services on The Indie Helper Database.

Ms. Garcia is currently the World Language Department Chair for Roseville City School District. In the past she has also served as the English Department Chair for Elk Grove Unified School District as well as holding the same position with Merryhill Preparatory School early in her career. She has also served as an English Language Development Coordinator and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Coach. Her past recognitions include “Teachers Who Makes a Difference” (2019) and “District Teacher of the Year” (2000).

Ms. Garcia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whitman College; a teaching credential from San Francisco State University; a master’s degree and administrative credential from the California State University of Sacramento; and is contemplating a doctorate as soon as she can figure out how to bend the space-time continuum in her favor. Sometimes she also holds a ten-pound Bengal cat, but he is fussy and only likes to be held on his own terms.