Passionate About Inspiring Others

Arlene Garcia, Ph.D. is a high school history teacher, life coach, and a Gates and Hord Scholar who obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching through a dual degree honors program. She also completed her certificate in School Building Leadership (SBL) and a doctorate in criminal justice.

My Story

On the outside, one would say I am well established and put together, but on the inside, I was slowly dying. Years of misdiagnoses caused me to suffer from a major mood disorder and depression. If you came into contact with me, you would have thought I was crazy or in a bad mood ALL THE TIME. After years of searching for an answer, I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, a thyroid disorder that proved difficult to treat because, to make matters worse,  I have a genetic mutation that prevented my medication from working properly. The MTHFR genetic mutation wreaked havoc on my body and prevented me from digesting food and functioning properly. For more info on MTHFR, click here.

 

In late 2015, this diagnosis answered many questions for me and I started to take my life back. Finally, I got the confirmation of what I always knew. I wasn’t crazy, as many doctors made me feel because they didn’t know how to treat my ailments. Thanks to my own belief in myself and a doctor who broke from the traditional textbook response to listen to his patient,  I am now the author of my own story on the road to recovery. I use this platform to share my story and to help others take control of theirs: the bitter and the sweet.

Education & Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts

  • Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

  • Doctorate in Criminology

  • School Building Leader Advanced Certificate

Awards & Academic Scholarships
  • Who’s Who Among America Teachers

  • Who’s Who in American College & Universities

  • Bill Gates Millennium Scholar

  • Kappa Delta Pi

  • NAACP Community Service Award

  • State of Connecticut Journalism Award

  • Hartford Courant Journalism Award