Herlinda Garcia, an educator for over forty years, has been a champion of education serving as principal of J.P. Henderson Elementary for three decades. As an HCC Board Member for 14 years from 1989- 2003, she served as HCC Chairman of the Board in 1996 and was instrumental in expanding HCC with new buildings in the northeast, southeast and Medical Center.
An advocate of children’s and community educational and civil rights, she served on the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Board for six years. The recipient of numerous awards and recognition, she has received the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Triunfando Award, the Ford Dealership Award, Certificate of Congress and Recognition by Member of Congress Sheila Jackson Lee, and the 2003 YWCA Outstanding Women of Achievement Award for Education, to name a few.
Under her leadership, J.P. Henderson has received the Title I Distinguished Award, the State Exemplary Award for three consecutive years and the Texas Business and Education Coalition Award. Most recently, J.P. Henderson Elementary was rated number four by the Children at Risk 2010 Greater Houston Public School Ranking and rated number 19 in the state for high achievement. Ms. Garcia’s school was visited by Governor Rick Perry and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2008. In recognition of her tireless effort and dedication, General Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier recently presented Herlinda Garcia with a Team HISD hat in recognition of her campus leadership naming her one of the most effective principals in HISD.