Alamo Academies Staff

Monica Baiza Garcia  Associate Director


My passion for working with students can be traced back to my pre-professional days. Whether as a volunteer for summer youth camps or a mentor for younger students, I’ve been on a student centered path from the start. I come to the Alamo Academies with nearly 20 years of experience working with personnel, students, and families at both the college level and with area school districts. I also have 15 years of teaching experience at both the community college and university level. I received my Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from UTSA along with my Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Outside of the office, I enjoy outdoor activities, reading and watching baseball games! Any given weekend you will find my husband and I supporting our twins various interests. You may find us at the baseball field, an orchestra recital, riding bikes, swimming, or relaxing at home!

I join the Alamo Academies team with great enthusiasm and look forward to also working with area high schools and colleges within the Alamo College District.

Melanie Moran  Industry Liaison


Melanie Moran was born and raised in San Antonio. She graduated with a degree in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2005. Upon graduating from college, Melanie worked in the fine dining industry for 20 years before transitioning to Education. She brings 13 years of experience in the field of restaurant management.
She began her career in Education with IDEA Public Schools in 2018 and was quickly promoted to Assistant Principal of Operations. Melanie joined the Alamo Academies team in 2022 as the Industry Liaison where she will proudly serve the San Antonio community, Alamo Academies students, families, and Alamo Colleges leaders.
Melanie and her husband, Sid, have one daughter. They love taking road trips together, enjoying the outdoors while hiking, camping, swimming, and spending time with their extended family.

Cynthia Grandt


My name is Mrs. Cyndi Grandt and I am a Coordinator for Alamo Academies. I am pleased to share I joined the Alamo Colleges District team in 2016 and I am extremely excited to join the Alamo Academies team. Through true commitment, I am dedicated to working closely with our high school students in effort to maximize student success and help realize their full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of our community. I am looking forward to the upcoming academic year.  Students, You Got This!