Dr. María (Ma.) Alma González Pérez has devoted her life to education and biliteracy. She has advocated for bilingual and dual language education and the use of culturally relevant literature in the classroom throughout her academic career.
Garza, Del Alma Publications', newest author, attended a segregated campus where she experienced racial and language discrimination. Her family worked as migrant farm workers traveling to many parts of the country to pick seasonal crops.
Later in life, she embarked on becoming a Bilingual/Bicultural Teacher. A pioneer in Bilingual Education, Gerónima Garza taught bilingual/bicultural education until her retirement. She is a three time Bilingual Teacher of the Year. During her lifelong education career, she found herself writing stories that reflected the culture of her students to increase comprehension, love of learning and celebrate the beauty of their unique culture.
Keenly aware of the lack of books reflecting the beauty of Mexican American culture and history, she wrote her first picture book, GLOVE FOR A LADY, based on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s visit to her school in the 1960's.
She learned imagintive storytelling from her Tío Leon Reyes who entertained the children with stories by the lumbrita (camp fire) during visits from Wisconsin. Gerónima used this skill with her own students. Now she hopes to share the laughs, cucuys (monsters) and heroes with bilingual readers everywhere.