Principal Mary F. Garza

Dr. Mary Frances Garza believes that all children can become successful and productive citizens if they work hard in school and are treated with dignity and respect in a caring school and community environment.


Dr. Garza graduated first in her class from Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School in 1978. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1982. In 1994, Dr. Garza earned a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). She earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed. D.) at UTPA in May 2012.


Dr. Garza's career in the Texas Public School System spans 39 years, including 12 years as a teacher and coach for McAllen ISD, 11 years as a middle and high school counselor for La Joya ISD and Edinburg CISD (ECISD), seven years as an assistant principal at South Middle School (SMS) (ECISD) and two years as curriculum assistant at SMS. Dr. Garza is currently in her eighth year serving as Principal of South Middle School. 


        Dr. Garza firmly believes in the following motto:

"Do the best you can each and every day and leave the rest up to the good Lord above."