San Diego – In the 2016 summer months, San Diego ISD lost a long-time teacher and administrator when went on a trip to Argentina.
The teacher, Oscar G. Garcia III known to everyone as Mr. OG, and his decade's of dedication to the students of San Diego ISD were commemorated on Tuesday when a bench was donated to the district in his memory.
Garcia graduated from San Diego High School in 1976. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980, a Teaching Certificate in Life Earth Science from Texas A&I in 1990 and his Educational Administration Certificate from Texas A&M University Kingsville in 1995. He obtained various other Certificates from the U.S. Department of Energy Teacher Research Associates Program in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
He began his teaching career as a science teacher at the Bernarda Jaime Junior High School in 1990. Six years later, in 1996, he served as the school's Vice Principal for three years. In 1999, he became the Principal at Archie Parr Elementary School. Garcia returned as Vice Principal to the Junior High School from 2001-2003. In 2003, he returned to the classroom to teach science at the Junior High School.
At the end of this academic year, Garcia. completed 27 years in public education, including two years with the Benavides Independent School District.
Garcia had a passion for his family, students and the community. He enjoyed teaching and enriching the lives of his students by instilling knowledge, hope and purpose. For more than 20 years, he enjoyed traveling around the world during the summer months. He visited every continent, enjoying and learning from each country's culture, language, customs and traditions. Garcia was an avid San Antonio Spurs and UT fan.