Cristina Diaz-Torres

Guest Blogger

Analyst, Education First

Washington, D.C.

Cristina Diaz-Torres conducts research and policy analysis to support clients in creating systems that allow students and teachers to thrive. She holds a deep belief that education is the single most effective way to break down systemic barriers and create a society that is fair and inclusive for all.

Cristina attended six different schools between K-12 including public, public charter, and schools giving her a unique understanding of the difficulties that schools face. She translated this experience into practice during her time as a Teach For America corps member in Las Vegas, Nevada where she taught Geometry and founded an AP Statistics program. After leaving the classroom, Cristina served as a Legislative Fellow in the Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse where she worked on ESSA implementation, college and career readiness and workforce development strategies.

Cristina has a BA from New York University with dual majors in Economics and History and an M.Ed. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas specializing in Secondary Mathematics. She is a huge New England Patriots fan and can usually be found with her nose in a book or experimenting in her kitchen.

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Posted Aug. 13, 2018

Helping My Home of Puerto Rico Get Back to School

When I was growing up, Puerto Rico was always my favorite place on Earth. Born in Boston to Puerto Rican…

By Cristina Diaz-Torres

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