Ms. Cruz was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Spanish. She obtained her teaching credential and M.A. in Educational Leadership from CSUN. Before becoming Assistant Principal, Ms. Cruz taught Spanish and Social Studies for 12 years at other local high schools. Currently, she is the Assistant Principal at Roybal Learning Center and oversees the Academy for Educational Empowerment, School of Medicine and Law.