Student Board Member
Natomas Unified School District Board of Trustees
When Estefania Garcia learned that she had been recommended by some of her teachers to be the next Student Board Member for the Natomas Unified School District Board of Trustees, she was pleasantly surprised. “I didn’t know that I would even have the opportunity to do something like this, and I certainly didn’t think that I would be the one that they would select,” Estefania reflects. But her teachers at Natomas High School thought differently and couldn’t think of a better student to represent the student community.
Estefania started elementary at Bannon Creek Elementary School. From there, she attended West Lake Charter and Inderkum High School. While at Inderkum her freshman year, she realized that she missed her longtime childhood friends and attending school in the area where she grew up and still lives, so she transferred to Natomas High School in her sophomore year. “I like the diversity at Natomas High School and how everyone is so social and connected. I’ve bonded with many of them, and it feels really good to be back home in my community.”
Estefania excels in AP classes and participates in the Upward Bound program that is provided on campus by American River College. She is a coordinator for the homework center where she helps her peers, a member of Link Crew, and she looks forward to joining Latinos Amigos this school year, a club on campus. As a student board member, she wants to bring the voice of students and let them know that their voice matters. “Sometimes students feel belittled by adults. I want to be that voice that is respected and that helps other students feel comfortable about using their voice to be heard.”
Upon graduation, Estefania plans to enroll in a 4-year college with hopes of it being UC Davis where she would like to major in Biology to become a dermatologist. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and babysitting her nieces and nephews and being with family.