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IDEA Teacher Spotlight: Bryan Cruz Cultivating Student Success at IDEA Mays



My name is Bryan Cruz, and I’m a proud Teach For America Corps member and Humanities teacher at IDEA Mays College Preparatory .  I strive to make positive change for my scholars.  Both, Teach For America and IDEA Public Schools, taught me to seek the possible and push aside the “impossible.”

I joined IDEA’s team and family to be challenged professionally and stretched to my fullest potential, just like our students.  Here at IDEA, there is no ceiling for achievement. A belief in our students permeates through the halls. I wanted to be a part of that belief and join in the fight for equity. I recognized that at IDEA, in order to give our students an opportunity to succeed, feedback is sought and given regularly.

There’s a hunger here at IDEA.  Students are hungry to learn and grow as academics. Teachers are hungry to acquire new strategies and mold minds. Administrators are hungry to extend feedback and build opportunities. Specifically, I love the instructional feedback cycle at IDEA. Every week, my principal observes me and provides specific and actionable feedback so I can continuously improve.  During our weekly debrief sessions, we collaborate, analyze student data, and examine the teacher and student actions that led us to that data.

In 1962, John F. Kennedy declared:

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”

The same notion can be said about IDEA Public Schools.  At IDEA, we choose to take our students to the moon, and work relentlessly to make it happen.  There is a sense of urgency at IDEA that resonates through every instructional conversation, because we are determined to do whatever it takes to ensure our students succeed. Every challenge, obstacle or tough day is well worth it when we see our students achieving results.

As a founding teacher on a brand new campus, it is invigorating to nurture the culture of my IDEA school. The teachers and students at IDEA Mays have immense pride in the  Mighty Mustangs and are committed to ensuring that academics and character are a top priority in our classrooms.

I’m proud to be a Teach For America corps member and a member of IDEA Public Schools’ team and family.  I look forward to watching my students grow into the next generation of college graduates, leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and forward thinkers.

Be the next Bryan Cruz, and have an opportunity to make College For All a reality for IDEA students. Apply now!  http://jobs.ideapublicschools.org/

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