Cristina Valdez began her journey in education as a camp counselor at Camp Tannery Arts in Santa Cruz, CA. The program bridged young students with local, professional artists to inspire and encourage them to follow their creative dreams through art workshops and tours of their studios. Witnessing the powerful influence this had on the children intensified Ms. Christina's passion for education. Ms. Cristina obtained her BA in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014 and shortly after became employed as an Art Instructor at the Claraty Arts Project, where she supported the development of a new, positive, collective identity for developmentally disabled adults via arts education, training, expression and production. This role further solidified her belief that art education is essential to empowering individuals and their communities. Cristina expanded her educational experience through her role as a Youth Art Instructor at McArt Studio, located in Carlsbad, California.
Cristina was drawn to work for the Leport Montessori Carlsbad Village team for it’s specialized, child-centered learning and creative teaching opportunities. Ms. Christina brings her background in art education to LePort and loves helping students use art as a tool to express the knowledge gained in the classroom.