Cheryl first began her involvement with the José Valdés Math Institute in 1993 as a teacher in the Summer Institute and quickly witnessed the impressive results: Provide students with a positive, supportive, caring, collaborative, and personalized environment- in addition to a rigorous curriculum- and ALL students can achieve amazing things. She taught with Valdés nearly every summer until becoming a school administrator meant she no longer had her summers available to teach. In 2007, Cheryl and a team of Valdés colleagues co-founded the José Valdés Math Foundation with the sole purpose of financially sustaining the José Valdés Math Institute and its outreach to/support of underrepresented students in our community. Cheryl is currently serving as principal of Branham High School in San Jose. Prior to Branham she served as Principal at Milpitas High School, a school in which she taught math early in her career. In between her time at Milpitas High, Cheryl taught math and served as co-principal at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo- a Stanford SCOPE-endorsed and nationally recognized model of Smaller Learning Community design and successful high school reform. Prior to becoming a school administrator, Cheryl taught mathematics in San Jose, Milpitas, and East Los Angeles at the middle school, high school, and community college levels. She earned both her BA degree and teaching credential in Mathematics from CSU Northridge, her MS in Teaching Mathematics from Santa Clara University, and her MA and administrative credential in Educational Leadership from San Jose State.