Cynthia leverages 15 years of experience in education to provide professional development and coaching to Partners staff while contributing to program development as Partners continues to work toward its mission to ensure that all students have access to high-quality, culturally- and linguistically-responsive education that will enable them to thrive. In her work with schools and districts, Cynthia supported her partners to put systems for professional learning in place in order to provide deep learning and collaboration opportunities so teachers can reflect and refine teacher practice, thus providing excellent instruction to their students. In addition, Cynthia coached teachers and leaders to explore issues of equity and its impact on students.
Cynthia began her career as an elementary school teacher in South San Jose. She received her B.A. in Law and Society from University of California, Santa Barbara and her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from San Jose State University.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – President Barack Obama
- Leading Authentically as a Woman of Color in Leadership magazine
- “How to Have Productive Conversations about Race, Culture, Class, & Power” at the ACSA/AASA/NASS Women in School Leadership Forum. September 2019.
- “Achieving Equitable Outcomes for Students Through Reflective Practice and the Use of Equity Audits” at the ACSA Leadership Summit. November 2016.
- “School Transformation So That Every Student Thrives” at the CALSA Summer Institute. July 2016.
- “School Transformation So That Every Student Thrives” at the ACSA Leadership Summit. November 2015.