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School Mascot: Gladiators

School Colors: Black, Silver

Mission Statement:
At Dr. Hector P. Garcia Middle School, we:
Grow - Critical thinkers who positively impact society
Reflect - On our relevant and rigorous instruction
Inspire - A love of learning
Take ownership of every student’s learning experience as a team with parents and community

Vision Statement: Garcia Middle School will educate and empower lifelong learners who are responsible, contributing citizens in a diverse, evolving world.

Dr. Mark Lopez - Principal
Hello Gladiator Nation! I am so proud to be the Principal of Garcia Middle School!

I was "born and raised" in Northside. I attended Northwest Crossing Elementary, Stevenson Middle School and graduated from Taft High School. I graduated from Texas State University (eat em up cats!) with a Bachelor's Degree in Education, and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

After many years in Austin, I returned back home to San Antonio to open Luna Middle School in 2004, and worked at many NISD campuses along the way to Garcia. I have worked as a Science Department Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and an Academic Dean. All this while completing a Ph.D in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University (whew).

I have taught every grade level from Kinder to Graduate School courses (fun fact). I enjoy playing basketball, listening to live music, attending City events, advocating for education, and being active in City government. I love to read, play video games, and yes; even collect sneakers! I have a very supportive wife, and three wonderful children of my own (2 daughters and 1 son) who range in age from 3 to 12 years old.

Professionally, I pride myself on being personable, understanding, and here for my community. I want everyone to feel welcome as they step on our campus and hold the highest standards for myself, my staff, and my students and families. I look forward to taking Garcia to higher levels of leadership and achievement!!!!
Theresa Heim - Vice Principal

The Vice-Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator. They can be reached by email at or by phone at 210-397-8415.

I attended the University of the Incarnate Word where I earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, M.Ed in Teaching, and All-American honors in volleyball. I began my career in education in 2000 and have served in both title and non-title schools and in multiple roles such as Reading Specialist, Dyslexia Coordinator, Head Volleyball / Assistant Basketball Coach, Reading / ELAR teacher, AVID teacher, AVID Coordinator, Administrator Intern, and Assistant Principal. In 2012, I was honored to serve as a campus Teacher of the Year - Connally MS, NISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, Region 20 Teacher of the Year, and as a finalist for the 2013 Texas Teacher of the Year.

I joined the Gladiator empire in 2018 and am blessed to serve as Vice Principal to the most amazing group of students, teachers, staff, parents, and community at Hector Garcia MS.
Veronica Poblano academic dean
Veronica Poblano - Academic Dean
Veronica Poblano is proud to be a product of Northside. She attended Lawrence Powell Elementary School, Pat Neff Middle School, and graduated from Holmes High School. She attended The University of Texas at San Antonio graduating with a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary studies in 2008. Mrs. Poblano later graduated from UTSA in 2015 with a Masters in Educational Leadership.

Mrs. Poblano joined the Gladiator Empire in the Fall of 2012 and she has proudly served the students, faculty/staff, and community. She looks forward to building relationships with every person who walks into the building while modeling Gladiator Grit and communicating the mission and vision of the campus.
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