Hello my name is Ms. Maritza Garza and I am a speech-language pathologist for Parshall ISD. I am originally from McAllen, Texas, which is a U.S.-Mexico border town along the Rio Grande River. Yes, that is a long way from home! I lived in Fort Worth, Texas for a short-time and was employed at a skilled nursing facility as a speech-language pathologist working closely with patients who had experienced traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and neurological diseases. The aspiration to work with children eventually sparked my interest to work in a school, which is what led me to Parshall ISD.
I graduated from the University of Texas Pan-American in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in English. I love working with people and wanted to find a profession where I could help and reach out to people in a unique way. A close friend suggested the speech pathology field and by the time I knew it, I was accepted into the speech pathology graduate program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville graduating in 2015.
I work to develop strategies and management of speech-language disorders related to: articulation, fluency (i.e. stuttering, etc.), language, and pragmatics (i.e. conversational/behavioral skills). My goal as Parshall’s speech pathologist is to provide students a consistent source of outreach in the areas of speech and language.
Aside from work, some of my hobbies include cooking, baking, fishing, and spending time with my family and friends. I also have a Japanese Chin named Teddy.
I love Parshall ISD and the welcoming atmosphere that has surrounded me during my first year. I am excited to continue working with my students and the community so that I can provide the best speech-language services that this community deserves.