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Ms. Kristy  De la Cruz

Ms. Kristy De la Cruz

Administrative Assistant Superintendent in New York

Ms. Kristy De la Cruz, UELP graduate from 2013 cohort, is the Director of English Language Learners (Administrative Assistant Superintendent) for the Bronx, New York. De la Cruz's formal teaching career began as a middle school mathematics teacher in Kansas 17 years ago. After two years of teaching in Kansas, she joined the Peace Corps as an Education Trainer in the Philippines. As a volunteer in the Philippines, she facilitated workshops on various topics such as English as a Second Language (ESL) methodologies, environmental education, cooperative learning, and grant writing, training at least 10,000 teachers during her three years of service from 1998-2001.

When returning to the United States, she began the Peace Corps Fellows Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. While working on her Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), she took on the role of ESL Coordinator at an elementary school in Central Harlem. As ESL Coordinator, De la Cruz assumed the additional responsibilities of testing coordinator, staff developer, and grant writer. After teaching in this elementary school for three years, De la Cruz realized that she preferred working in the middle setting. Hence, she transferred to Intermediate School (IS) 528 in Washington Heights.

While teaching at IS 528, De la Cruz also worked for New York State Assessment Department in many roles such as an item writer, benchmark setter, and creator of the training manuals. De la Cruz also served as chairperson of the School Leadership Team, a member of the Academic Intervention Services Team, coach of the Running Club, and coordinator of the Service League, as well as earned her National Board Certification in English as a New Language. Then, she returned to Teachers College to become a part of the second cohort in the Summer Principal's Academy (SPA), which resulted in serving as an Assistant Principal for three years. From 2010 to July 2015, De la Cruz served as a Principal with the New York City Department of Education. 

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