Gilbert Garza, Jr. Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District Interim Superintendent.
Gilberto Garza Jr. became interim superintendent of the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District on June 25, 2019. Prior to rejoining Edinburg CISD, Garza served as the district’s superintendent from 2006 – 2009.
Garza grew up in the small community of San Isidro, Texas in northeastern Starr County. He graduated from San Isidro High School in 1966. Soon after graduation, he attended the Pan American College and the University of Kansas, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
His professional educational career spans more than 38 years, including 32 years with the Edinburg school district. He started as an elementary school math teacher at nearby PSJA ISD in 1971. Five years later, he joined ECISD as a math teacher at Hargill Elementary School. In 1978, he became Hargill’s principal, where he served for six years. In 1984, Garza helped establish De La Viña Elementary School and became the school’s first principal. Five years later, he was named principal at San Carlos Elementary School.
In 1996, Garza was named the first Director of Elementary Education for Edinburg CISD. He served as director for 10 years until 2006, when he became the interim superintendent, and eventually superintendent.
Garza is an avid rancher and still helps to maintain the family’s ranch land in San Isidro. He and his wife, Anita, have been married for 48 years. They live in Edinburg. They have two children and five beautiful grandchildren.