Criselda   Garcia

Associate Dean  

Office: EEDUC 3.102G
Phone: (956) 665-3448
Email: criselda.garcia@utrgv.edu

Dr. Criselda Garcia

  • Areas of Expertise

    • o My research interests and areas of expertise are the preparation of teacher candidates for working with high numbers of Latino K-12 students; culturally and community asset-based perspectives for empowering the preparation of teachers; the role of culturally relevant pedagogy in student learning; disciplinary literacy practice of secondary teachers; Latino teacher candidate challenges with teacher certification exams relating to literacy and critical thinking.
  • Education

    • EdD, Educational Leadership/Curriculum & Instruction, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, 2006
    • MEd, Educational Leadership, The University of Texas - Pan American, 2002
    • MEd, Reading, The University of Texas - Pan American, 1999
    • BA, English, The University of Texas - Pan American, 1993
  • Currently Teaching

    EDCI 3336 01R - ELA to Elem Stud:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Criselda Garcia, Roel Garcia, "Lessons for the general classroom: Strategies for working with autistic children in a predominately Latino community.," National Social Science Journal 45, no. 2 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016): 22-30.

  • Hossein Shirvani and Criselda Garcia. "Pre-Service teachers: Attitudes toward mathematics word problems and contributing factors," Journal of European Education 4, no. 1 (2014): 41-49.

  • Criselda Garcia. "Literacy Strategies for Reading in the Content Areas," Classroom Connections to Teaching: A Resource for Teachers of Latino Students. 2012.

  • Maria Reyes, Veronica Estrada, and Criselda Garcia. "Making Connections from Theory to Practice," Classroom Connections to Teaching: A Resource for Teachers of Latino Students. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishing, 2012.

  • Criselda Garcia and Hossein Shirvani. "Student teachers evaluate cooperating teachers in a predominately Hispanic community," The National Social Science Journal 39, no. 1 (2012): 16-21.

  • Criselda Garcia, Maria Reyes, and Veronica Estrada. Classroom connections to teaching: A resource for teachers of Latino students. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishing, 2012.

  • Veronica Estrada and Criselda Garcia. "Legal and Ethical Rights and Responsibilities," Classroom Connections to Teaching: A Resource for Teachers of Latino Students. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishing, September 2012.

  • Criselda Garcia and H Hooper. "Exploring factors of a web-based seminar that influence Hispanic preservice teachers' critical thinking and problem-solving skills," Journal of Hispanic Higher Education 10, no. 3 (2011): 200-211.

  • Hossein Shirvani and Criselda Garcia. "Identifying student teachers' weaknesses by mentor teachers," Southeastern Teacher Education Journal 3, no. 1 (2010): 141-153.

  • Isela Almaguer, Criselda Garcia, Jennifer Esquierdo, Maria Reyes, and James Curts. A practical guide for student interns: Meeting the needs of Latino students and their communities. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2008.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Criselda Garcia. Raising Texas Teachers Program, Raise Your Hand Foundation, (2017)



Selected Presentations


  • Criselda Garcia and Roel Garcia. "Relevant Pedagogy in Occupational Therapy Coursework in a Latino Underserved Community," 26th Annual NAAAS & Affiliates National Conference, National Association of African-American Studies & Affiliates, Dallas, Texas (February 2018)

  • Criselda Garcia. "Teacher Candidates' Reasons for Poor Performance on TExES PPR," 2017 International Research Conference, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies & The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, South Padre Island, Texas (October 2017)

  • Criselda Garcia, Ramiro de la Rosa, "Developing and Blueprinting a New Leadership Studies Program in a New HSI in South Texas," National Technology & Social Science Conference, National Social Science Association, Las Vegas, NV (April 2017)

  • Criselda Garcia, John Jauregui, "Exploring Teacher Candidates' Perceptions for Lack of Success on Pedagogy Exams," International Research Forum, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies & The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, South Padre Island, TX (October 2016)

  • Criselda Garcia. "Using Attribution Theory to Understand Teacher Certification Exam Performance in a Hispanic Serving Institution," National Technology & Social Science Conference, National Social Science Association, Las Vegas, NV (March 2015)

  • Criselda Garcia and Veronica Estrada. "Developing an Online Content-Area Literacy Course in a Teacher Education Program at a Hispanic-Serving Institution," National Technology and Social Science Conference, National Social Science Association, Las Vegas, NV (April 2014)

  • Criselda Garcia. "Helping Hispanic Teacher Candidates Navigate a University Teacher Education Program with an Advisement Checklist," CSOTTE Fall Texas Teacher Education Conference, Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education, San Antonio, TX (2013)

  • Criselda Garcia "Rebuilding and Reigniting Interest in One School-University Partnership," CSOTTE Fall Texas Teacher Education Conference, Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education, Austin, TX (2012)

  • Criselda Garcia and R Garcia. "Lessons for the General Classroom: Strategies and Interventions for Addressing Challenging Behaviors of Latino Autistic Children," International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research (IOSSBR), Las Vegas, NV (October 2012)

  • Criselda Garcia. "Using Explicit Strategy Instruction for ELLs in Middle School Science Classrooms," International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research (IOSSBR), Las Vegas, NV (November 2011)

Current Courses

EDCI 3336 01R - ELA to Elem Stud:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses