Charlie Garcia, principal of Bel Air High School | Photo courtesy YISD

Texas education group taps Ysleta ISD principal to serve on legislative panel

Charlie Garcia, principal of Bel Air High School in the Ysleta Independent School District, has been selected to serve on the Legislative Committee of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP), a statewide organization committed to raising awareness about the critical problems facing educational leadership.

Garcia – the only El Paso-area educator on the panel – joins 19 other principals and assistant principals from other parts of the state who will advise the Board of Directors through their work on the TASSP Legislative Committee, which seeks to:

  • Listen to member concerns in the region
  • Create a draft statewide policy program for the approval of the TASSP Board of Directors
  • Communicate with legislative contacts and testify before committees as a resource as requested by the chairperson; and
  • Respond to TASSP requests with statements, evidence and/or data to support TASSP statewide policy program.

“It is a great honor and privilege to have been chosen to serve in such an esteemed and impactful role, and I will proudly represent Bel Air High, Ysleta ISD, and Region 19,” Garcia said. “As someone who has always advocated and supported the future of education, this role allows me to assist in communicating thoughts and ideas with legislative contacts, and most importantly, in helping to shape our educational narrative in the best interest of all students.”

Garcia, who was asked to serve on the Legislative Committee by TASSP President Demetric Wells, was previously honored by TASSP as the 2017-18 Regional High School Principal of the Year for demonstrating excellence in four areas: Personal Excellence, Collaborative Leadership, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment; and Personalization.

The overall mission of TASSP is to ensure campus administrators serve as courageous, transformative leaders and a unifying voice for all learners through a dynamic network distinguished by a sharp focus on professional development; proactive mindset of agility, innovation, and decisiveness; and unrelenting commitment to student success.

As a Legislative Committee member, Garcia will serve as a legislative liaison to general membership in TASSP regions; monitor the legislative session; and participate in the promotion of the association’s statewide policy program, among others.

“I commend the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals for supporting our instructional leaders throughout the state of Texas,” Garcia added. “Now more than ever, leaders matter – and the impact we have on our children and communities will help shape our future.”

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