Garcia to Present at National EdLeader21 Conference

Elizabeth A. Garcia, founder and head of school at Discovery Day Academy, in Bonita Springs, has been selected as a lead presenter of an IGNITE presentation at EdLeader 21’s 2014 Annual Event in Atlanta on October 1-3. EdLeader21 is a national network of school and district leaders from across the nation focused on integrating the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity) into education.

“I am delighted and honored to have been chosen for this unique opportunity to share innovative ideas and strategies with other EdLeader21 members,” said Garcia. “I look forward to building relationships, networking and learning from like-minded education professionals dedicated to 21st century learning.”

Garcia earned her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Miami. She has more than a decade of teaching, leadership and research experience in both early childhood and elementary settings. She founded Discovery Day Academy in 2006 as an independent research school and it has since grown to include three campuses. A 21st century primary school, inclusive of children preschool through 5th grade, will open in fall 2015. Future growth through 8th grade is planned.

Discovery Day Academy engages its students in meaningful learning through The Discovery Method, a project-based learning model developed by Garcia. The Discovery Method focuses on deep learning, authentic experiences and 21st century outcomes. The school also observes a makers philosophy, with a focus on innovation and creativity through DIY materials and technology.

In addition, Garcia has dedicated her time to children’s issues through her local early learning coalition, serving on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010. She founded a non-profit organization, Active Citizens for Children, to benefit children in her hometown community of Clewiston, Florida. The organization continues to implement projects past her leadership.

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