Neil Cruz earned his B.A in Latin American History from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.A in Latin American History from the University of Chicago and an M.A.T with a focus on U.S History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has taught World History, Contemporary World History, AP European History, U.S History and most recently Latin American History. Through collaborating with colleagues within the district, Latin American History is now in its third year at Glenbard North High School. This is a course that has been anticipated by many of Glenbard North’s LatinX students but also students of all cultural backgrounds. Mr. Cruz has been a co-sponsor of O.L.A.S, the Organization of Latin American Students since 2013, spearheading many initiatives to support the needs of the school’s LatinX students and parents. Outside of the classroom, he has also had the opportunity to coach soccer at GBN. Over the past three years, Mr. Cruz has worked with colleagues and teachers within and outside the district to find ways to incorporate aspects of Latin American History throughout different courses. Mr. Cruz is actively involved in organizations and initiatives within Glenbard District 87 to support equity and building a strong community for students.