Ariana Garcia

I am born and raised in Tucson, AZ and continue to fall in love with this city, from the summer rains to the amazing food to the wonderful community.

My journey to becoming a teacher isn’t as straightforward as most, I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Anthropology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Throughout college I worked in a lot of research including biochemistry, and immunobiology, and women’s health in Latin America. For a while I thought I wanted to go into biomedical research, however through my work with anthropology I realized my true love was working with people, specifically with youth. Throughout high school and college I also worked with an international youth leadership organization, Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS). With AMIGOS I have worn many hats including training high school students for their summers in Latin America, mentoring youth through their summers, and co-directing a summer project in Panama. I absolutely fell in love with helping youth develop themselves as leaders and stewards of the world, which ultimately lead me to be a teacher.  

Before coming to PFFS I was the AmeriCorps VISTA Coordinator for Wellness and Diversity Initiatives at CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, where I worked with all three of the CITY CCL schools on the wellness programs including developing curriculum for advisories around social emotional learning, which I’m really excited to begin doing in my own advisory at PFFSU!

When I’m not teaching I love spending time outdoors; I’m a climber, hiker, and runner, and am always looking for new adventures. I also love writing poetry, reading, baking, practicing yoga, spending time with my family, and dancing. I’m looking forward to a new journey as I take on my new role as an educator and of course joining the amazing Paulo Freire Freedom School community of students, staff, and families.