Grace Cruz serves as an Education Specialist, having previously taught history and serving as a school leader in middle and high schools in New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, Honolulu and Los Angeles. While at the New York City Museum School, Grace was part of the team that developed multi-year, interdisciplinary, project based courses that utilized museums as classrooms, and art as primary sources. As an Assistant Head of Middle School at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, part of Grace’s work was with grade level teams on the planning, implementation and assessment of interdisciplinary, whole grade level projects IB projects. As the High School Principal at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, Grace collaborated with a core group of faculty to develop Mid-Pacific Exploratory (MPX), a project based strand for 9th and 10th grades, which included the creation of community learning opportunities in conjunction with the STEM program. Under Grace’s leadership, a new schedule was implemented to allow for longer blocks of learning to take place. Additionally, a 1:1 iPad program was established as a tool to support curriculum development and mapping that had been ongoing. In order to best prepare teachers for these changes, Grace helped to create whole school Professional Development days that supported teachers in these endeavors.
Grace graduated from NYU with a BA and MA in History and Education, and received her certification in School Leadership and Administration (with a focus on Informational Technology) from Johns Hopkins University.