Cecily Myart-Cruz

Cecily Myart-Cruz


United Teachers of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA USA

I can’t think of a more noble profession than being a teacher.


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Cecily Myart-Cruz


My road in life has been direct.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and am a product of the Los Angeles School District.
After joining my teachers in a strike when I was a junior in high school, I started thinking about becoming a teacher myself.
While working as a teacher’s assistant, I decided undoubtedly to become a teacher.
I started my teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Compton, California.
After a few years, I transitioned into a middle school, where I primarily taught sixth-grade English and language arts.
I’m now the president of the United Teachers of Los Angeles union—I’m the third woman and the first woman of color president in the 50-year history of the union.


High School



I'm a sixth grade middle school teacher and I lead the United Teachers of Los Angeles.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Always remember your purpose for becoming a teacher. Your own purpose will be your guiding light through the hard times. Stay resilient and remember why you do what you do.


The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You won't be able to graduate on time. You should just leave and come back to graduate in another year."

Challenges I Overcame

Racial Discrimination