As principal of Blanca Alvarado School, Cynthia Nava Zavala is responsible for setting the vision and strategy for data-driven instruction and student and staff culture. Cynthia began her career in education as a recruitment coordinator for the Raza Recruitment and Retention Center, while completing her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating, Cynthia joined Teach for America in Newark, NJ, where she taught self-contained fifth and sixth grade bilingual students. After teaching in Newark, Cynthia went on to study at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, simultaneously serving as an instructional coach for Match Education and the Harvard University Undergraduate Teacher Education Program. Cynthia also served as a Campus Director for Citizen Schools in East San José, where she launched the first school partnership with Alum Rock Union School District. Cynthia holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and earned a M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.