Our Principal

Dr. Cristina A. Cruz

Education: Bachelors in Elementary Education from St John’s University, Master’s from F.I.U., and Doctorate degree in Educational Curriculum from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Cruz moved to New York from Miami,Florida.  She has been rated as a “High Performing” principal in Miami and has over 28 years of experience. She says, “it is her calling” to work with children. In her 28 years, she has held positions that include: teacher, curriculum compliance and administration.

Dr. Cruz uses the experience and knowledge gained during her years in administration to create and foster her leadership skills and practices. Her basic ideology and foundations for her career as an administrator and educator developed her formula for success. Her core philosophy is simple; you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. She strongly bases her success on the success of her students.

Dr. Cruz earned her Doctorate in Curriculum. She uses this strong base to develop curricular strategies that focus on research and utilizes student’s individual data to drive instruction. The use of Differentiated Instruction, also known as DI, allows teachers to continuously “move and improve” students academic levels. Personalized progress monitoring and skill development is tracked through intensive data modeling and other data driven mechanisms to insure the highest and most accurate accounting of student performance. Through her faculty’s commitment to data driven practices and performance, she has been able to achieve incredible academic gains.