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Cristina Benítez De Luna

Cristina is the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents and a product of the Albuquerque Public Schools Bilingual Education having attended schools in Albuquerque’s South Valley. Her interest in secondary education began as she moved through the public school pipeline attending schools with peers labeled as “at-risk” students. Her passion for bilingual/dual language education was first awakened when she was introduced to the rich culture, diversity, and pride bilingual classes instilled in herself and her peers as a student at Rio Grande High School. This is where she made it her goal to become a bilingual educator. She attended University of New Mexico as a Daniels Scholar receiving a B.A. in Bilingual Secondary Education in 2008. While completing her Bachelor’s degree, Cristina was an Americorps member working with the statewide organization ENgaging LAtino Communities for Education (ENLACE) and The University of New Mexico College Prep Programs as a mentor, tutor, and community outreach coordinator attempting to gain experience working with youth.

Cristina currently serves as an AP Bilingual Educator and Department Chair at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School. She is also enrolled at The Anderson School of Management at University of New Mexico as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow expecting to receive her M.B.A. in Educational Leadership in 2018.

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