Christian Martinez-Canchola

Christian is a School Design Partner at Transcend where she supports and coaches school design teams towards innovative school models. She joined Transcend to realize what’s possible in schools so that all students could thrive and transform the world.

Prior to joining Transcend, Christian was a school leader with Uplift Education. In her role, Christian was relentlessly committed to ensuring every school design element led to extraordinary and equitable outcomes that teachers could sustain long-term. Prior to school leadership, Christian was a Dual Language elementary school teacher in D.C. Public Schools and Dallas ISD. Teaching in Dallas was especially heartfelt as Christian taught in the same school district that taught her English. As a proud Mexican-American first-generation college student, Christian recognizes that education holds the power to create unprecedented generational change. She hopes that all families can benefit from that gift one day.

Christian holds a B.A. in English and Sociology from Kenyon College and a M.Ed. in Urban Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University. Christian is also a 2012 Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth alum.

At home in Dallas, TX, Christian lives with her beloved pups. When she’s not with her family and friends, you can find her going for a run, reading, or lounging at her favorite coffee shop crafting her next adventure.


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