Gabi Garcia is mama, licensed professional counselor, and former teacher who believes that empowering children to tune into and trust their bodies is a lifelong gift. She agrees that we teach what we most need to learn, and she always has better days when she listens to her body.
Gabi works as special education counselor serving K-12 students. When she is not busy keeping up with her spirited and precocious daughter, you can find her working on her next story. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.
Listening to My Body is her first picture book.
My family is from Mexico and I lived in Juarez, Chihuahua until I was about 5 years old when our family moved to El Paso, Texas. I have an older sister and younger brother and growing up, we loved playing with cardboard boxes, riding bikes and attempting acrobatics on the lawn.
I am bilingual and speak both English and Spanish. When I first started school, I didn't speak very much English. Thankfully, kids don’t need to speak the same language to play together. I eventually learned to speak it and am so grateful that I can speak two languages. I still speak to my mom and dad in Spanish.
I attended the University of Texas at Austin where I majored in Government and Spanish. I was a teacher for four years, before going back to the University of Texas to get my Masters in Educational Psychology. I’ve been a counselor in different settings for the last 15 years. I currently work as a special education counselor serving students from kindergarten to high school. Over the course of my studies, I learned that yoga was a wonderful way to manage stress and started practicing it 15 years ago. I later trained to become a teacher, but mostly I just like being a student.
I love to travel and learn from people and places that are different from me. I have visited every continent except Antarctica.
I have always loved to read and write and have notebooks filled with poems, stories and even a screenplay. Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Wrinkle in Time , The House on Mango Street and One Hundred Years of Solitude are a few of my favorite books.