Cristina Callagy is a 3rd grade literacy teacher at Rocketship Mosaic Elementary School in San Jose, California. Rocketship Education is a high-performing charter school network that is rapidly expanding to cities across the nation with the mission of closing the achievement gap within our lifetimes. Cristina was a founding teacher at Rocketship Mosaic when it opened for the '11-12 school year and was selected as an Emerging Leader in the organization. As a 2009 Teach for America corps member in Connecticut, she developed the 5th and 6th grade reading intervention program at New Beginnings Family Academy, an independent charter school in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and served as a Teaching Assistant for Teach for America--Connecticut's Alternate Route to Certification. Cristina received a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. She was twice awarded the Sontag Prize in Urban Education (April 2011 and February 2012) and was a Summer Teaching Resident at Achievement First Elm City College Prep Middle School in New Haven, Connecticut in 2011. As a member of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort, Cristina is looking forward to collaborating with and learning from passionate educators from around the country and developing her leadership skills to one day expand her impact in the mission of closing the achievement gap.