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Ricardo Garcia

Executive Director | Transformational Learning | Arlington ISD


I have 28 years of exemplary service in education (elementary, secondary, and post-secondary) that encompass a natural progression of both personal growth and career promotions from teacher, counselor, assistant principal, associate dean, executive dean, associate vice chancellor, to most current, executive director for the Arlington Independent School District (AISD). With extensive experience in remedial studies, instruction, curricula, evaluation of programs and faculty, student services, and grant management, I am well-prepared for the rigors associated with the position of Chief Academic Officer for the AISD.

Work experience

Executive Director of Transformational Learning

Arlington Independent School District
Dec 2013Present
  • Responsible for oversight of the following departments: Curriculum and Instruction (K-12 grade), Career and Technical Education (CTE), Advanced Academics (i.e., Gifted & Talented [elementary through secondary], Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Credit, and AVID), Drop out Prevention, and Guidance & Counseling.
  • Lead curriculum, instruction, and course offerings of secondary summer school programs (i.e., Extended Year for junior highs and high school summer school).
  • Lead and facilitate the District Level Instructional Decision Making Committee (DIDC).
  • Manage, direct, and approve the use of High School Allotment funds that lead to student success in college and career readiness.
  • Lead the collaboration of post-secondary and community partnerships to address AISD student achievement at all grade levels (e.g.,  Center for Innovation Longitudinal Study [grades K-12], STEM Academy and UTA, Fine Arts dual credit and the University of North Texas, and Arlington Public Libraries and the AISD [certification programs]).
  • Monitor, update and amend instructional and course agreements (e.g., Fire Academy, Dual Credit, JROTC, AVID, Graduation [end of year and summer], AP, and PSAT).
  • Oversee funding to support Advanced Academics through University Interscholastic League (UIL) Academic and Co-curricular events.
  • Support and guide curriculum and course offerings associated with the Arlington Collegiate High School (ACHS).
  • Assist with the development of instructional and operations manual associated with the ACHS.
  • Provide and fund after school academic and social programs for students in elementary and Jr. high grades.
  • Provide credit recovery resources for students in the process of recuperating high school course/graduation credits.

Associate Vice Chancellor

Tarrant County College District
Jun 2010Dec 2013
  • Responsible for oversight of the college's Developmental Education Program (Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Student Success Course [psychology]).
  • Developed and implemented professional development trainings, in collaboration with developmental education faculty and councils.
  • Led the development of the Math Emporium (i.e., personalized system of instruction) mode of instruction at all five TCC campuses.
  • Led the development and implementation of the Academic Enrichment Program (i.e., Adult Basic Education mastery-learning based) district-wide.
  • Established seven developmental education councils to oversee all developmental education efforts district-wide.
  • Responsible for the monitoring and supervision of annual reviews of the college's Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements.
  • Served as the college's lead contact with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) regarding developmental education.
  • Led conference and seminar opportunities for developmental education faculty.
  • Oversaw and sustained the college's annual Developmental Education Institute - > 350 faculty.
  • Worked closely with campus presidents and vice presidents of student development and academic affairs in the implementation and supervision of college student development services and programs.
  • Led all district policy & regulation efforts in the area of academic affairs and student services.
  • Led all district-wide P-16 efforts with area school districts in the areas of assessment, pre-orientation, recruitment , mathematics and dual credit.
  • Led the district's Student Success Council (composed of student development administrators) and Developmental Education Council (academic affairs administrators). 

Executive Dean, Mathematics & College Readiness

Eastfield College (DCCCD)
Jul 2009Jun 2010
  • Supervised of eight academic departments. Including: Mathematics, all developmental studies (math, reading and writing), human development, dual credit, learning assistance center, and Gateway to College.
  • Managed a $3.5 mil budget.
  • Supervised and evaluated 116 full-time and adjunct faculty. Plus, 35-40 certified tutors.Designed and implemented developmental writing + English 1301 Learning Community. Start date: Fall 2010
  • Supervised and managed eight divisional grants. Including: Family Involvement, P-16 College & Career Readiness, and supplemental instruction in writing and mathematics, and Gateway to College.
  • Increased dual credit enrollment by 80% from Fall 2007-Fall 2009 (1,300 enrollees per semester).
  • Led partnership with Texas A & M, Commerce to revive Ready-Set-Teach program and vertically align course route for high school-to-EFC-to-A & M students.
  • Designed and implemented professional development for area high school (Samuell HS, Dallas ISD) teachers in mathematics via the National Science Foundation grant.
  • Co-designer of the following division initiatives: DREA + DWRI lab, fast-track DMAT modules, lecture-in-PSI(mathematics) and non-course based remediation format in DREA.
  • Collaborated with the college's Continuing Education and the Technology departments to make available project-based coursework for Gateway to College students.

Dean, Student Success (Student Development)

Easfield College (DCCCD)
Jan 2008Jul 2009
  • Managed and supervised nine departments and programs, including:  Dual Credit, GED/home-school, DSO/TRIO, Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, SPAR, Community and School Outreach, Marketing and Public Information and Athletics.
  • Supervised 65 staff members: including program coordinators and directors.
  • Managed a $1.5mil budget.
  • Provided coursework at four community areas (libraries/schools/Eastfield) and expanding home-school curriculum to encompass science lab work.
  • Designed curriculum crosswalk to serve dual credit and Gateway to College programs (over 100 developmental and credit courses addressed).
  • Collaborated with academic deans in alignment and evaluation of “high school to college” curriculum - over 80 courses and all college disciplines addressed.
  • Designed, partnered, and implemented professional development program to serve Seagoville HS instructors in the areas of math & science. Through collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Eastfield math department. Results: served 18 high school instructors impacting approximately 250 students.
  • Co-designer of the Sunnyvale ISD collegiate program. Dual credit program valued at $300,000 in initial revenue.
  • Improved dual credit marketing & recruitment strategies. With notable increase of 39% enrollment (fall to fall) and 69% (summer to summer).
  • Designed course offerings and implementation of TexPREP program. Intensive math & science summer program for middle school students. Serving three area middle schools.
  • Implemented “Still I Rise” - project manhood leadership institute at Eastfield College. Saturday program for African-American males (4th through 7th grade). Enhancement and instruction on reading, math, writing, personal skills, higher ed opportunities, and cultural awareness.

Vice Principal and Associate Dean of Student Development

Richland College (DCCCD)
Apr 2006Jan 2008
  • Responsible for budgeting and bid acquisitions of: Credit by Exams, PSAT, Study Island TAKS modules, test administrators/consultants/staff development, SAT online, Robotics coach, Senior Capstone Mentors, and recruitment & advertising.
  • Evaluated high school faculty using PDAS and college level course criteria.
  • Responsible for training developmental education staff and coordination of RCHS Developmental Math tutorials, Sr. Capstone, and PSAT/SAT programs.
  • Assisted college instructors and technology department with alignment of College Success Labs to the state’s requirements regarding Average Daily Attendance (ADA).
  • Led college deans and collegiate faculty through the alignment of college curriculum to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) of high school coursework.
  • Led collaborative efforts between Richland College deans and faculty to create orientation programs to facilitate the transition from high school to college for all students.
  • Led academic deans and faculty with the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Learning Community concept to serve both high school and college students.
  • Designed new requirements, alongside college and high school faculty, for incoming juniors (Fall 2007): to include Nanotechnology and Introduction to Engineering courses.
  • Responsible for the design and implementation of the Sr. Capstone Project.
  • Served as district and campus test coordinator.
  • Served as disciplinary officer and exit interview administrator. Worked in collaboration with campus police to offer guidance instruction to high school students regarding: Truancy, Smoking, Sexual Harassment, and Youth & Family trainings.
  • Recruited, developed, implemented Robotics team at Richland.

Assistant Principal

Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas ISD)
Jul 2005Jun 2006
  • Responsible for English as a Second Language (ESL) department operations. Duties included: coordination of ESL department, meetings, alignment of district's ESL curriculum, communication with feeder programs, correct placement of ESL/LEP students, and administrative member of LPAC committee.
  • Supervised attendance office. Special emphasis on:  procedures, customer service and efficiency.
  • Responsible for Counseling Department operations. Duties included: design and implementation of needs assessment with community and school personnel, designing & implementation of Scholarship Committee, department meetings, and overall daily operations.
  • Conducted staff development sessions, including attendance procedures, truancy policies,  transcripts, scheduling processes, and role of counseling department in a school consisting of a 33% special education population.
  • Served as campus disciplinary officer for the following student populations: ESL and Special Education. 
  • Responsible for design and implementation of AVID based Character Counts and Higher Education curriculum to serve approximately 600 students  during Advisory periods.
  • Developed student government program.
  • Served as consultant to the Dallas County Community College District College Readiness department (Fall 2005).


Dr. David Wells

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs | Tarrant County College District | 817.994.6338 | [email protected]

Dr. Joe Rode

Vice President for Student Development Services | Tarrant County College District | 817.515.7741 | [email protected]

Dr. Ricardo Coronado

Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources | Tarrant County College District | 817.515.5234 | [email protected]



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