Nicole Cruz graduated from Southwestern College with an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 2003. She earned a score of 95% on her National Board Examination, the highest in her graduating class. In 2013, she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Northern Arizona University, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She earned a Master’s in Education: Digital Learning and Leading at Lamar University in 2017.
Nicole worked as a clinical hygienist in San Diego, CA for four years, then moved with her family to San Antonio, Texas in 2007. After eleven years of clinical practice, she decided to pursue a career in teaching. She currently works as a dental hygiene program director in San Antonio, TX. She loves the challenge of being an educator and enjoys teaching Periodontics, Radiography, Oral Embryology and Histology, Oral Pathology, Ethics and Law in Dental Hygiene, and Board Review.
As an active member of ADHA, TDHA, SADDHS, ADEA, and edWeb, Nicole stays current with new trends in dental hygiene and the field of education. One of her immediate goals is to complete a website for dental hygiene educators to encourage collaboration of ideas and pedagogy for the future of dental hygiene education. She believes that digital technology is an amazing tool that should be integrated more often in the dental hygiene classroom.
Mrs. Cruz lives in San Antonio, TX with her husband and three children. They spend their time taking family vacations, playing with their pets, attending sporting events, and staying involved in their community church.