By JANET PHELPS
A former local teacher and pastor will return to his hometown this fall as the principal of Bryan's newest middle school.
Joshua Garcia will replace former Arthur L. Davila Principal Chad Broussard, who resigned recently to take a position in San Antonio.
Garcia said he wanted to come home after several years of living in Arlington.
"I truly believe I can make a difference in the lives of the students in Bryan," he said. "Being a product of Bryan schools myself, I just saw an awesome opportunity to show the kids that I grew up in the same neighborhoods they did. I want to be a model to them to show them they can be successful."
Garcia, 40, is principal at Foster Elementary in Arlington, a school that he says achieved recognized status for the first year in its history while he was there.
Before that, he served as an assistant principal for four years and as an elementary school teacher in Arlington.
Garcia's father was a pastor at El Calvario Church in Bryan for many years -- the same church Garcia briefly led after receiving his master's of divinity degree.
As a kid, Garcia attended Milam Elementary, where he later spent his first year teaching in 1999.