Cristian is from sunny Los Angeles, where he grew up going to the beach, playing video games, and spending time with family. Cristian attended UCLA for undergrad, majoring in Human Biology and Society, minoring in Global Health, and graduating with honors. While at UCLA, Cristian worked as a General Chemistry Peer Tutor, as a resident assistant, and in a cancer drug development lab. Following graduation, Cristian’s passion for equity, teaching, and mentorship led him to accept a Chemistry position at Crenshaw High School through Teach for America. He received his teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University.
Through teaching, Cristian has worked to develop his pedagogical skills. He has become an expert at crafting specialized lesson plans to support students from diverse academic and social backgrounds through their own individualized learning journeys. In his approach to teaching, Cristian emphasizes the importance of a conceptual and strategic approach to learning, rather than relying simply on rote memorization. His efforts teaching and as a community leader at Crenshaw led him to be recognized as the Los Angeles Regional Educator of the Year and a finalist for the California State Educator of the Year by the California League of Schools in 2021. Cristian scored in the 100th percentile on the MCAT and is currently applying to MD/PhD programs in Medical Anthropology.
Other than teaching, Cristian is at his prime when reading (his favorite author is Octavia Butler), spending time with family, traveling, and eating.