Maria Garcia-Cacique was born in Denver, Colorado but raised in a rural town called El Tepetate in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. As a teenager, she moved to Santa Maria with her Aunt’s family and during that time she attended El Camino Junior High then Santa Maria High School from where she graduated in 1989. As a high school graduation gift, Maria was able visit her siblings and parents in Zacatecas which made a big impact on her. She now enjoys visiting her siblings whenever possible in Colorado, Zacatecas, and Sacramento.
Maria attended UCSB, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and Master’s degree in Education. After completing her graduate education, Maria taught at La Patera Elementary School in Goleta for seven years. This led her to the Santa Barbara County Education Office where she supports the academic and social needs of migrant students. Maria has held many positions with the program, including Summer Teacher Liaison, Program Specialist, and her current role of Director.
Maria is passionate about being of service to others and expanding educational opportunities – passions which she balances with her very loving family. Maria is married to her husband Jaime and together they have two children: Jacquie, who studies at Cal State Northridge and Sebastian, who is a Junior at Lompoc High School. Maria is proud to see her children taking on roles in the community, volunteering to support veterans and migrant families.
Currently, Maria supports the Lompoc Cooperative Development Project as Grants Committee Chair and Secretary. She also serves as Secretary for the American GI Forum of California. In addition, she serves as Facilitator for the Community Support Services Subgroup in the Collective Impact group for Lompoc Unified School District.