This Denver teacher believes in classrooms that are ‘open to the world’ 

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Teacher Reina Cruz , a social studies and psychology teacher, 

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is the winner of the Milken Educator Award, 

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often referred to as the “Oscars of Teaching.” 

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The award, which is for early and mid-career teachers, 

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comes with a $25,000 cash prize. 

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Reina Cruz is a Teacher at Denver Public Schools, Denver, Colorado, United States 

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What Cruz says about her classrooms

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"I have always felt that the classroom

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should be open to the world and not just an isolated experience. 

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In every subject, I try to bring in an expert in the field or someone that 
has lived the history". 

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