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Angel Garcia III

Position: Principal
School: Western International High School
School District: Detroit Public Schools Community District
City, State: Detroit, MI

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Angel Garcia III was nominated by his colleague, Lourdes Alcala-Lopez.

Mr. Garcia has demonstrated professionalism with all staff members and students during the current pandemic crisis. He has demonstrated leadership by being an excellent role model to all staff and students. He maintains the current orders from the state regarding the pandemic, including mask-wearing, social distancing, and the frequent use of hand washing and/or hand sanitizer by all students and staff. Mr. Garcia has modestly accepted the medical advice of the school nurse regarding strategies for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff. He has been very assertive in prioritizing and protecting the health needs of all students and staff at his school. He has respected the CDC and MDHHS guidelines that have been created to save lives in the community.

Mr. Garcia has always made himself available to listen to concerns from the school nurse handling knowledge of known positive student cases of COVID-19. He has also demonstrated accountability with regard to survey reporting to the Michigan Health Department of the positive COVID-19 cases in his school. He has played an active role in contact tracing to assist in the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19. Overall, Mr. Garcia has demonstrated genuine concern for the lives of his students and staff.