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Kryszelda Mendoza teaches 9th grade Physics at Richard T. Crane (RTC) Medical Preparatory High School, a Chicago Public Magnet High School that opened in August 2013. Kryszelda is a founding teacher and science department chair at RTC. She focuses on aligning RTC's science curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards and College Readiness Standards, while preparing students for Advanced Placement science classes. As an undergraduate, Kryszelda did high energy nuclear physics research at the University of Colorado, modeling photon emission in the quark gluon plasma. She aspires to become an effective leader that pushes her colleagues to facilitate student growth and development through innovative and rigorous classroom practices that align with their personal instructional styles.