Cristina Marquez is the Founding Social Worker at Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy.

“Surge is the opportunity I’ve been looking for to connect and engage with other passionate educators. I am motivated to serve my community in a larger capacity than I currently am. At this point, I not only want, but I need more than what I have available to me professionally in my community. I believe Surge is the first step to help me reach my full potential, so that I may help students reach their full potential. It is my time to live boldly and unapologetically. It is my time to challenge systems for the advancement of students and my colleagues of color.”