Physical Science Teacher,
Santa Barbara Junior High School
Marilyn Garza is a Physical Science teacher at Santa Barbara Junior High School. In 2007, she
received the Milken Educator Award and was Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year in 2010 and a
California Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2011.
Marilyn was a lead teacher for a NSF GK-12 grant that incorporated UCSB science and engineering
graduate students into her classroom for seven years. Her background in Materials Science
Engineering has motivated her to stay in touch with the scientific research field through programs
such as Research Experience for Teachers at UCSB as a participant and as a teacher mentor.
Garza joined CalTAC in 2012.