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writer, educator, scholar, entrepreneur 

based in Pharr, Texas


Speechless children's picture book

Speechless, a children's picture book project

In October 2020, I self-published a children's picture book with my public speaking coach, Matt Eventoff. Speechless was initially published online for free in English, Spanish, and Portuguese so children from diverse backgrounds could benefit from its empowering message.


 Thanks to great demand, we published a paperback version in English and Spanish. All proceeds are dedicated to supplying low-income students with free copies of the book.

Thomas Ray Garcia, CSLAP Mentoring

BA I Princeton University

English, 2012-2016

Hidden Minority Council,

Gates Millennium Scholars, Team U,

Speak With Style, Undergraduate Admissions Blog


English, 2017-2020

UAW 2865, Mellon Professionalization Initiative, Mellon-EPIC Seminar in Teaching and Excellence

I became a writer at age 13 when I read The Sea-Wolf by Jack London.

I became an educator at age 19 when I began teaching college access lessons through CSLAP, and later teaching high school at age 22.

I became a scholar when  I published my first peer-reviewed article in graduate school at age 24.

I became an entrepreneur when I incorporated CSLAP as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit at age 25.

I became a candidate for the Texas State Board of Education at age 28.

Follow my social media and websites to receive updates on my writing, my college access work, and my political advocacy

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