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Mrs.  Tessa  Garza
Truancy Officer/Counselor/Career & Technology Teacher

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Truancy Officer/Social Worker/Dropout Prevention Recovery Specialist

Mrs. Garza is currently the Truancy Officer and Social Worker for Cesar E. Chavez Academy.

She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana but grew up in Corpus Christi. She began her college career at Del Mar College where she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Journalism. She graduated in 1996 with a degree in Sociology from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Mrs. Garza began her career working with teens as a forensic interviewer for local law enforcement, investigative agencies and Homeland Security. She has also worked with juvenile probation, the Texas Foster Care system, mental health services and the Corpus Christi Police Department. Her career has spanned 17 years working with at-risk youth.

Mrs. Garza has a passion working with this population and her door is always open for students needing assistance with school or personal issues. When not working Mrs. Garza enjoys watching reality television, spending time with her four dogs and shopping.

Mrs. Garza believes that all children should deserve a second chance to turn their lives around.

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