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Leading the Charge: Dr. Priscilla Aquino Garza Joins Pahara Fellowship

By: Julia Estelle Cotton   |   March 5, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Priscilla Aquino Garza, Senior Director of the Teaching and Leading Programs at Educate Texas, has been selected to participate in the esteemed Pahara Fellowship.

Priscilla-Aquino-Garza-SQ.jpgThis one-year, cohort-based program is dedicated to identifying exceptional leaders in the educational excellence and equity movement, fostering their growth, and bolstering their collective efforts to enhance public education, particularly for low-income children and communities.

“I am excited about this fellowship focused on further developing as a leader committed to equity and building opportunities for students,” said Dr. Garza. “I look forward to growing and learning from so many amazing leaders and working every day for the students who need us most.”

The Pahara Fellowship offers an unparalleled opportunity for leaders like Dr. Garza to step back from the daily demands of their work and engage in reflective dialogue with peers. Through this collaborative approach, fellows challenge traditional boundaries, cultivate innovative strategies, and accelerate the improvements necessary to ensure high-quality learning opportunities for all students nationwide.

"Teachers are the most important factor in our classrooms to ensure that our students are succeeding and seeing through to thriving lives,” said Garza. “We know that the teaching profession has a lot of complications. There's a need to support both the policy and practices that are getting them into the classroom and keeping them there."

IMG_2721-2024-02-14-19_36_37.jpegThis echoes Educate Texas's steadfast commitment to creating sustainable systems changes that enable teacher preparation programs and school systems to cultivate a high-quality, diverse teacher workforce.

Dr. Garza's participation in the Pahara Fellowship not only reflects her exemplary leadership but also amplifies Educate Texas's dedication to fostering innovation, collaboration, and equity in education. As we continue to navigate the evolving landscape of education, we remain steadfast in our pursuit of empowering educators and ensuring every student has access to a world-class education.

Together, we can break down silos, spark meaningful dialogue, and drive transformative change in our classrooms and communities. Congratulations to Dr. Priscilla Aquino Garza on this well-deserved recognition, and we look forward to the collective impact she will undoubtedly make as a Pahara Fellow.

Educate Texas is an initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas serving as the trusted change agent in education, providing solutions through programs and practices, instilling change through policy, and convening the right partnerships and networks for action.

Julia Cotton is the Content Marketing Associate at Educate Texas with a background spanning media, marketing, and community engagement. Julia has excelled in roles such as Community Partner Relationship Specialist at the North Texas Food Bank and Programming Coordinator/Digital Content Strategist and Producer at WFAA-TV. She also served as a Storytelling Instructor for Dallas Comedy House, Amphibian Stage, and Stomping Ground Theatre. Proud to advance Educate Texas' mission, Julia brings her creative mindset and dedication to community impact to the forefront, hoping to make a meaningful difference in educational outcomes for all.