Teaching Up is an international educational consulting agency. We’re here to help teachers and school leaders create and execute brilliant (and realistic) growth plans so that you can focus on what you do best. 


To empower teachers and leaders to accomplish their goals by partnering to design and execute strategic marketing and operational success plans.


To collaborate with global education leaders to create more equitable and effective learning programs in every community around the world.


To create a new standard of accessible and relevant global options for education grounded in equity, innovation, and excellence.

Teaching Up Founder, Cris Santoro

Meet your partner

Cris Santoro, Teaching Up Founder (she/her)

Cris is a dynamic force at the intersection of education and business, driving positive change in education programs worldwide.

Cris’s values infuse a spirit of innovation,  resilience, and an unwavering commitment to excellence into every partnership. 

Core Values


When you show your true and whole self every day, your unique superpowers shine through.  


Solutions are created by thinking radically about how to use existing resources in new ways.


Growth is achieved by keeping an open mind and maintaining constant feedback loops.


Leading with transparency and ownership always develops into a culture of trust and support.


Our work should be enjoyable! Laughter, good humor, and silly moments are non-negotiable.


It really does take a village. Support within a diverse community is like a little seed of love and hope.

Client Testimonials

“Cristina is one of the most customer centric, genuine and collaborative business partners I have had the pleasure to work with over the past 10 years. Her attention to detail, continuous improvement mindset and passion for delivering an exceptional customer experience makes her a one of a kind business professional.” – David S.

“One of the reasons why I like working with Cristina is that she approaches each situation looking for the positive outcome. She asks the right questions to understand the end goal, and then works creatively to figure out how to incorporate the message. At the same time, if something isn’t feasible, or is prohibitive, Cristina gives the proper feedback. She has great vision and an inner drive to improve things. Cristina looks for efficiencies and maximizing her resources to deliver great results. She’s been a great asset to our team.” – Laura M.

Cristina has demonstrated the ability to elevate the projects she’s responsible for, making each unique and better than the last. Every venture is taken on with her full attention and passion to execute the strategy created. She understands how to engage others to view problems as opportunities, optimizing her team based on their competencies and coaches with candor when needed. Even through difficult business conditions she is always on task, delegates where necessary and executes flawlessly. Without a doubt, I confidently recommend Cristina. As a dedicated and knowledgeable employee and uniquely wonderful person, I know that she would be a beneficial partner to any organization. – Jennifer F. 

Cristina exceeded expectations regarding her work ethic, ability, and commitment to students and did her very best to navigate various emotional, physical, and spiritual differences presented by our clientele. More specifically, Ms. Santoro is exceptionally creative in how she approaches working with the family unit as a whole. Her ability to think outside of the box creates engaging and exciting opportunities. She consistently brings a vibrant and positive atmosphere. Cristina’s student-centered approach creates a nurturing and inclusive environment where every student feels valued and empowered to reach their full potential. Her commitment to excellence serves as a role model for both her colleagues and her students, instilling in them the importance of hard work, perseverance, and a strong sense of personal responsibility. I recommend Cristina as an exceptional team member who possesses a unique blend of creativity, focus, energy, and a strong work ethic. – Michelle W. 

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