Today, IDEA is paying homage to our nation’s heroes—those who have served our country and protected our freedoms in the United States Armed Forces. On this significant day, we would like to highlight one of IDEA’s veteran leaders, Christina Flores, for her years of dedication and service to our country and our IDEA scholars.
Christina joined the United States Army in 1991 at the budding age of 19. The most petite soldier in her platoon, her drill sergeant, who stood at 6’3, was particularly stern with her. To this day, she doesn’t know if he acted that way in order to see her succeed or fail. But as the determined woman she is, she preserved and served as a 31M Multichannel Systems Communications Operator for more than four years.
Following her military service, Christina pursued a bachelor’s degree in her early thirties—a significant accomplishment as a first-generation college student. The granddaughter of a third grade dropout and the daughter of teen parents, she never saw college as an option.
“I never thought I would go to college because none of my teachers or family ever encouraged me to apply,” she said. “So, now I want every student at IDEA, even starting in Pre-K, to know that they can go to college no matter their obstacles.”
After excelling as an educator with Teach for America, Christina began her journey at IDEA in 2011 as a founding teacher at IDEA Edinburg. She then transitioned to several founding schools, became an Assistant Principal of Instruction and worked her way to becoming IDEA’S Director of Academics Pre-K-2.
“The military taught me the importance of working for a solid team that you can depend on. Having those experiences has helped guide me as I build and work for strong teams at IDEA.”
In addition to being an honored veteran and esteemed educator, Christina is also a proud wife and mother of two. Her husband, Reynaldo Flores (pictured above), is also an Army veteran and is in the Principal in Residence (PIR) program at IDEA Walzem.
IDEA is honored to have Christina, her husband, and all of our veterans as valued members of our Team and Family. Today, and every day, we are thankful for their courage, service, and sacrifice.