After graduating from LC, Cristal did Teach for America in Las Cruces, NM at Chaparral Middle School. She became a 7th grade Pre-Algebra teacher with little training, so the job a valuable life experience, but not without its challenges. Over the summer, she got a crash course into teaching in Phoenix and that was something she never expected. Cristal was really stressed and tired throughout the weeks until it ended and she had two weeks to be with her family before she moved to NM. Her whole life has changed and she is now Ms. Almonte. She feels very grown up now.