Grace Cruz

Grace Cruz

Educator, School Leader, Consultant

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Thought about law or medicine.
Realized those were my parents dreams, not mine.
Tutored at a settlement house in NYC.
And I loved it.
Got an MA in Education.
Started teaching history.
Moved to a few places in the world, teaching.
Became a high school principal in Hawaii.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
New York University
graduate
Graduate
History, General
New York University
Career

Career

Educator, School Leader, Consultant

Educator and Consultant

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Art
Art
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Though I'm taking a year off now to write and consult at Shoah, working as a high school principal was so much fun. I visited classrooms to see what students were learning. I attended games, plays and dance performances. I shared all the incredible things that were happening on campus with the community. I helped students and families overcome challenges, and find solutions to issues. And I met a whole new group of students each year, while keeping in touch with the students that graduated.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Working with kids beforehand, particularly where you have some responsibility, would prepare you well for classroom teaching. Consider babysitting, tutoring, peer mediation, and camp counseling.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

In college, major in something you love. Chemistry, theater, literature, math, Spanish, or a combination of different things. Become expert in something you want to spend your days immersed in, and something you want to share with others. I was a history major because I loved stories and problem solving. Avoid majoring in education because that comes with the advanced degree and the job--in other words, the real world experience of teaching is priceless.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Something you love
graduate
Graduate
Education in the grade level you want to teach in
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should be a lawyer and a doctor. Anything else is a waste of your brain."

I went across the country to university because I needed some distance. I went with what FELT RIGHT--working with kids felt amazing and purposeful. No day was ever the same. And it was fun.