Dr. Monica G. Garcia is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Secondary Education. She grew up in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles and worked as a middle and high-school teacher there and in the surrounding area for several years. Dr. Garcia received a B.A. in sociology and Spanish from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.Ed. and secondary teaching credential from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in curriculum studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). While at UIC, Dr. Garcia taught courses in the bilingual program and worked as a community ESL teacher and director of Project FLAME, a family literacy program designed to assist mostly immigrant non-English speaking families with developing strong first language literacy practices in the home.
Prior to coming to CSUN, Dr. Garcia worked as a full-time lecturer in the College of Education at Cal State San Bernardino, where she taught several courses in the secondary education credential program and supervised student teachers. At CSUN, Dr. Garcia primarily teaches courses that focus on multicultural education, language acquisition, and bilingual literacy. Her research interests include Latina/o secondary schooling, college access for urban minorities, single-sex schooling, gender as curriculum, and bilingual/bicultural education. When she is not working, Dr. Garcia enjoys traveling, spending time with her two goddaughters, Alycia and Desiree, and listening to the music of Bruce Springsteen.