Alexandra Cruz

History Lead Teacher: Social Studies

BA, Northeastern Illinois University
MAT, National Louis University
PhD, DePaul University

Alexandra Cruz received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University where she double majored in Psychology and Anthropology. While at Northeastern, she participated in student-led archaeological digs and lab research, completed an internship at The Field Museum – working for the Division of Mammals, and lived and studied abroad in Mexico, Belize, Spain, and China through Northeastern’s International Programs. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she attended National-Louis University where she received her Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education with a focus in Social Studies and received her Doctorate in Education in Curriculum Studies at DePaul University. Prior to working at Wolcott, she worked for the Noble Network of Charter Schools– first as a Paraprofessional and then as a World History teacher. She was the founding teacher for the Advanced Placement World History class at Golder College Prep and increased the AP scores and passing rates of my students each year. By taking on an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, offering rigorous college-prep courses, and helping students develop learning strategies specific to their personal needs, she not only built great relationships with them, but saw a positive shift in their disposition toward learning, and overall academic growth on standardized tests and G.P.A. While at Wolcott, she has taught multiple courses (Chicago History, Global Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Psychology) and challenges her students to become well-rounded citizens of this world. One of her passions is traveling; she has been to over 20 different counties and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. In her free time, she loves to read, work out, spend time with friends and family, and try new sports like rowing, stand up paddle boarding, and hunting.