Cindy Torres and is a first generation Mexican-American. She has been working in education since 2008. Cindy started as a preschool teacher, then a after school program coordinator and teacher ranging from elementary to high school. She was also an instructional coach for teachers and a program specialist for an early college program. She is now working as a dual immersion maestra which is her true passion. Working as a dual immersion maestra feels like a true calling to her. She enjoys working with her gente and empowering their language, culture and most importantly their voice. She is currently working as a dual immersion maestra at Beardslee Dual Language Immersion Academy in the Duarte Unified School District in Duarte, California. She has had the pleasure of working with another speaker named Cherie Luna. Together they have created some amazing lessons and experiences for their students. She is a mother of two boys, one attending the dual immersion program at her school. She is also a wife and a person who loves her family. Familia is everything to her. Cindy is always looking to learn new things and technology is one of her passions. Incorporating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics is essential in her classroom.