Alejandra Garcia

Alejandra Garcia
CEL District Leader Fellow

Alejandra Garcia has over 18 years of experience in Education. During this time, she has served in several capacities, as teacher and district leader, principal and strategic project manager. Alejandra graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors in Exceptional Student Education K-12. After receiving this degree, she served as a special education teacher for 11 years. Alejandra received her National Board Certification Specialist in birth -12, then earned her Master’s Degree in School Administration from Gardner Webb University. After receiving her Master’s degree, she was admitted to the New Leaders for New Schools Nation Urban Leadership program. Alejandra later became Principal at Nations Ford Elementary, where she served for four years. Under her leadership, Nations Ford was removed from the North Carolina’s low performing list in one year and improved from a D/F to a C school in three years. Considered as a turnaround school, her students and staff achieved the highest growth in the district for 3 consecutive years. Alejandra was then promoted to become the principal over two schools, one elementary and one K-8 school, in a new district pilot combining two existing schools to function under a single leader in an effort to desegregate schools. In her new role, she oversees more than 2,000 students and 232 staff members. Under her leadership, she has also removed one of her schools off of the state’s low performing list and moved it from a “D” to now a “C” in just 1 year. She is privileged to lead multiple turnaround schools with various schools demonstrating growth. 

Due to her remarkable growth she was published in the National Association of Elementary Schools Principals as a North Carolina Principal Advocates for Student Success,  The Charlotte Observer and Paul Bambrick-Santoyo’s most recent book Driven by Data 2.0.