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Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Teresa Garcia

2016 Unsung Hero: Teresa Garcia

February 3 2016

Honoree:  Teresa Garcia, Federal Way

Nominator:  Emiliano Sanchez

The reason I am nominating Mrs. Garcia, is because she is an example for all parents in our school, 

community and in the state of Washington. Since joining the Panther Lake Elementary community 2 

years ago, I have witnessed a mother looking for answers regarding her children's education to now 

leading our community's families with discovering and implementing the 5 protective factors. She is 

leading the charge to prepare undocumented families for the state financial aid application process with 

One America. Just in the last 2 years, her network, empathy, developmental needs of her children and 

resiliency has given her high school senior son the opportunity to receive a full ride scholarship to PLU. 

Mrs. Garcia has had many obstacles many of us never have to face despite all of the challenges 

parenting present, however all of her qualities is why I am nominating Teresa Garcia as this year's 

Washington State Unsung Hero!


Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by  the Department of Early Learning’s Strengthening Families Washington. Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero on seattleschild.com.   Nominations are accepted from around the state and and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes - outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children. 

February 1 Honoree: Shelly Willis

February 2 Honoree: Yvette Dear

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