Courses: English I; English I Pre-AP; Yearbook II, III
Degree: English Journalism
Debbie Quiñones grew up in Southern California. She was born in Corpus Christi and calls herself a Texan through and through. Her family moved when in high school to the Rio Grande Valley. She followed her family’s alma mater and attended Texas A&I University where she earned her undergraduate degree in English and Journalism. She received her secondary teaching certificate thereafter.
Teaching began for her at an inner city Dallas high school known for gang warfare activity. During her first year of teaching, text books were scarce, space was shared, and the students were hungry for an education. She learned the difference between poverty and poverty-minded. She taught for a decade and decided to continue her education in a new field. For the next decade and a half, she worked in sales with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals as a field representative and a cardiovascular specialty hospital representative. This afforded her many opportunities for travel and experiences the world over.
Once she married her best friend, Gilbert Garcia, the two settled with new babies; Isaac and Mary Grace in San Antonio, Texas. Pharmaceutical sales provided a means for Debbie to return to the class room. She choose Incarnate Word High School as the place where she could teach and empower young ladies, while living the mission of service.
Outside of school she enjoys gardening and volunteering in various organizations around town. Isaac, 16 years old, is a bowler with Special Olympics at Roosevelt High School and Mary Grace, 14 years old, will attend IWHS in the fall. Debbie’s passions are reading and writing and one day she hopes to share her collection of children’s stories about loving someone with Autism. Today, she continues to gather life’s experiences as God continues to show her how.
Debbie completed her master’s degree in Education Administration with a principal’s certification from the University of Incarnate Word in 2016.