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Going back in time with Lisa Garcia

by; Jacob Bell

Lisa Garcia, a Spanish teacher at Waynesboro High School, originally taught English in Spain. Garcia has been teaching for a little over 30 years now and loves it. Garcia is very passionate about her job as a Spanish teacher and wants all of her students to succeed. Before teaching, Garcia attended Roanoke College where she double majored in Sociology and Spanish.  

This is Garcia and a group of friends. Garcia is the one in the white dress on the right side.
photo provided by: Lisa Garcia

Q: Do you teach any other subjects?

A: “I teach Spanish”

Q: What’s your favorite Broadway show that you have ever watched?

A: Rock of Ages, “Rock of Ages is my favorite Broadway musical because it’s fun and has lots of great ’80s songs.  Seeing this show so many times has given me lots of good friends, too. I’ve know some of them for almost 10 years now.”

Q: What music was popular while you were in high school?

A: James Taylor, Carly Simon. (James Taylor is an American singer-songwriter) (Carly Simon is an american singer-songwriter, musician, and a children’s author)  

Q: What was your favorite childhood snack?

A: “my favorite childhood snack was my  grandmothers homemade doughnuts because they were always fresh, warm and sweet and of course, made with love”

Q: What was your favorite sport while in high school?

A: tennis, “My friends and I started playing tennis after seeing Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs on TV.  We had intramural tennis at Kate Collins but I never played on a team in high school. I continued to play until my 30s and still enjoy watching it on TV.”

Q: What was your first job in high school?

A: “While I was in high school I could only work in the summer and I worked as a waitress and got paid $1.25 an hour” “ I was a waitress at the coffee shop/ diner that used to be inside Roses’ Department Store many years ago.”

Q: What was your favorite high school memory?

A: “My favorite high school memory was concert choir”

Q: What was your favorite vacation that you took while in high school?

A: “My favorite vacation in high school was our Concert Choir trip to NYC. I’d never been there before and I got to go with friends.  We did perform at a church service in Manhattan but we had time to do some other things, too. I was able to see some team tennis matches at Madison Square Garden (and yes, Billie Jean King was there playing) and I saw my first Broadway musical “The King and I” starring Yul Brynner.”

Q: What was your favorite local restaurant?   

A: “When I was in high school everyone used to hang out at McDonald’s”

Q: What did you do in your free time?

A:  “I had chores everyday after school, I listened to music, and played tennis”

Q: What was your favorite class in school?

A: “My favorite class was either History or Spanish” “Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved reading about other people and places in the world. History and geography have been an interest of mine.  Spanish just added to my enjoyment of history and culture.”

Q: While you were in high school, what did you think you wanted to be when you got older?

A: “ I knew I wanted to live in a foreign country”

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