ACT-RGV is an alternative certification program fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency.  An alternative certification program is an educational preparation program that provides an alternate route to earning a standard certificate.  Alternative certification began in Texas in 1986, as a creation of the Texas Legislature, to provide alternate routes for those seeking teacher certification in Texas.  ACT-RGV opened in 2001 after being accredited by TEA and was the second private alternative certification program approved in the State of Texas. 

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Juan Garza

Juan C. Garza joined ACT-RGV as Director in July 2018, following seven years as Principal at Alamo Middle School and PSJA Memorial ECHS. His career began at PSJA Memorial ECHS in 2005, where he taught World Geography and US History for three years before becoming an assistant principal. Prior to joining PSJA ISD, Mr. Garza served 21 years in the United States Army with assignments throughout the US and abroad.

Mr. Garza grew up in San Juan, Texas and attended school in the PSJA Independent School District, graduating from PSJA High School in 1984. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern State University in Louisiana majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. His love of teaching began in the military where he was an instructor at the US Army Ranger School on two separate occasions and instructed the Colombian Military on small unit tactics in Melgar, Colombia for three years. Mr. Garza earned his master’s degree in Military History from Louisiana State University in August 2005 and is currently pursing his Doctorate from the UTRGV.


Janie Trevino

Janie serves as the Alternative Certification Specialist for ACT-RGV and has 19 years of experience in certification.  She oversees the day to day operations and provides vital information for interns and potential candidates. She also consults with TEA on various certification concerns.  She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley.