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Cindy Cascante is a dual language teacher at PS19, The Curtis School in Port Richmond in Staten Island, a primarily Mexican community where most students are learning English as a second language and 100% qualify for free lunch. Cindy has played a key role in successfully implementing the Spanish phonics curriculum. She serves as grade team leader and is currently part of the Instructional Lead Team and has been chosen to participate in the New York City Department of Education’s Teacher Leadership Program. Cindy hopes to become a school leader who inspires teachers and students to be true agents of change.