Crystal is an educator committed to creating opportunities that are not present in the community she grew up in. As a daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico, she learned the value of helping the most in need. She returned to her community after graduating from University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Mathematics, Urban Studies, and a teaching certificate. Teaching high school students for five years, she realized change wasn’t going to happen with the current school board. The school she graduated from and has been teaching for five years has had a leaking ceiling, missing bathroom doors, and mold, yet, the current School Board has started the process of making a new administration building with a tag of $27 million dollars. If elected, Crystal and her peers can stop this.
After working with high school seniors, Crystal has witnessed how their environment impacts a student’s future. Deteriorating schools, schools in close proximity to chemical plants, lack of recreational and activities, and a segregated city influence are why she is running for school board. She will improve the conditions for students and teachers. The city is 80% Latino, yet the school board is composed of older, affluent white people who are not representative of the majority of the population. Her district pushes students to college without preparing underserved communities with the tools to strive. Only a select pool of students gain entry to career training in Pasadena ISD's high school. She will advocate that students be provided with multiple opportunities to prepare for life after high school.