Ana Garnica has enjoyed math since childhood. The recently hired Oakdale High School math teacher shared, “I enjoyed doing math since I was a child. During my summer vacation, I had fun working on math workbooks.”
Garnica will now share her love and passion for mathematics as she enters her sixth year of teaching as a new hire of Oakdale Joint Unified School District.
Prior to joining OJUSD, the educator taught at Manteca High School, as well as Shasta Elementary in Manteca.
Garnica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from California State University, Stanislaus and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She also received her Teaching Credential, Pupil Personnel Services Credential and M.A. in Education with a concentration in Counselor Education from CSUS.
“I have always loved working with students and I have always loved math,” she said. “I started working with students when I was in junior high, tutoring students in math and working in after school programs to help students with math.
“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher that motivates students to give all they have to offer and know and believe that they can achieve all of their goals and aspirations.”
The newly hired educator is excited about what the new school year holds for her and her students. Her primary goal is to help her students excel and enjoy math, as well as motivate them to do their best.
“I have the opportunity to inspire young adults and I get to help them reach their full potential and become successful citizens,” Garnica said. “I always give nothing but my best so that my students feel confident about doing math and so that they too aim for excellence.
“I care about my students and I genuinely appreciate who they are,” she stated. “They deserve the highest quality of education with caring role models and mentors.”
Additional certificated staff joining Oakdale Joint Unified for the 2015-16 school year are: Garrett Martin, OHS Math; Jordan Gausling, Cloverland, sixth grade; Yesenia Aguirre, Magnolia, fourth grade; Sabrina Bunney, Sierra View, Speech/Language Pathologist and Heather Barco, District Psychologist.