I grew up on a small family farm in Southern Oregon out in the verdant rolling hills outside of Talent Oregon in the north western region of the United States. As a kid I swam in creeks, built hay forts in barns, constructed tree forts in Madrone forests, tended to gardens, cared for animals and explored many of the nooks and crannies in the wilds behind my childhood home. I have 4 brothers and 4 sisters, and am the 4th youngest, so I am rather comfortable in crowds, around strangers and I overall just like people. My appreciation of personalities and general human diversity is one of the primary reasons I got into the field of education. I also love the great outdoors too. Nature has been an important part of my life. Many of my fondest memories are of fishing, camping, and rafting trips growing up; there were so many activities like this that made my childhood awesome, and I am proud to report I still engage in to this day.
Though I have lived in cities, or densely populated urban areas for all of my adult life, growing up in rural Southern Oregon surrounded by big mountains and beautiful forests had a humbling effect on my evolution as a human being--I'm now living back home again! Anyhow, being a product of a large family, and maturing very close to nature, I was predisposed to a life of adventure and every year I still manage to make it to the river, camping, hiking or embarking on even bigger adventures such as annually traveling to Mexico. I have relatives from my father’s side of the family in Aguascalientes, which is a larger city just north of Guadalajara where my wife is from. I love Mexico; I actually lived in there for four years teaching English and exploring. Perhaps someday my wife and I will retire south of the border.
Growing up in a diverse, bi-racial and multicultural home, molded me into the culturally sensitive person I am today; I admire the ethnically rich and varied people of the world. My mother is Finnish and both of my grandparents on her side of the family are from Finland. As a child I heard three languages spoken at home: Spanish, Finnish and English. I naturally learned some Spanish growing up, since my parents spoke in Spanish to us, and I further built on these skills in college and living there helped to deepen my fluency. I hope to learn Finnish someday. While I have spent lots of time over the years getting to know my family in Mexico, my wife and I want to travel to Northern Europe one day to get to know extended family there--I am in touch with family from Finland through Facebook.
Hopefully the personal information I have provided here gives you insight into who I am. Simply put, I am an open minded, humble person who loves people and nature. The aim of this website is to provide a more human perspective of Benjamin Lucas Garcia as opposed to a bunch of facts and stats on a resume. If you are professional it is my humble wish that this site provides you or your organization with a more dynamic understanding of who I am. Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to contact me.