2017-2018 Teacher of the Year & Teacher of Promise
Christina Garcia-Mata is the AVID Coordinator at Akins High School and currently teaches AVID and SEL. She is originally from El Paso, Texas, where she graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a B.A. in History and a minor in Chicano Studies. She has been a proud Akins Eagle since 2006. She's taught Teen Leadership, US History, AVID, and SEL. When not in the classroom, Mrs. Garcia-Mata enjoys traveling, attending concerts, practicing yoga, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Jennifer Beam went to the University of Texas at Austin in pursuit of a Bachelors of Science Degree in Geological Sciences with a focus on geophysics. After exploring different areas of geology, Ms. Beam realized that during class, she always imagined herself in the professor's place teaching! She decided to pursue certification to teach high school math and physics which led her to Akins High School. Ms. Beam is currently finishing up a Masters in Education at Texas State and could not be happier to be an Akins Eagle!