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Cristal Mendez, M.Ed.

Associate, Programs, Educate Texas
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Favorite quote
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
— Mother Teresa
Favorite Aspect of CFT
"I love that we are making an impact across the state of Texas by collaborating with various stakeholders to improve the educational outcomes of all students, especially those that have historically been underrepresented in higher education."
Joined CFT

As a program associate, Cristal supports projects within the Educate Texas College and Career Readiness portfolio by assisting with the design, delivery and coordination of professional development and technical assistance.

Prior to joining CFT, Cristal was a graduate assistant for Southern Methodist University’s continuing and professional education division, helping plan and deliver short courses and customized learning courses. She also was a coordinator for University of Texas–Arlington’s Upward Math and Science Program, helping high school students in rural communities with college preparation. She taught sixth grade Spanish with Uplift Education.

She holds a bachelor’s in psychology and Spanish and a master’s in higher education from SMU.

Cristal’s Favorites
Equity in education
Local Restaurant
Rodeo Goat
Place to take out-of-towners
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Doing yoga, spending time with her dogs, and exploring the Trinity Skyline Trail

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