American Graduate Champion: Cayla Cardiff

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Cayla Cardiff! Cayla Cardiff is a teacher at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas. In addition to teaching piano, Cardiff is the club leader for the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, a group which provides a space for students to meet, support each other, discuss issues related to sexual orientation and form platforms for LGBTQ, racial, gender and economic justice. “Ms.Cardiff helps to make all LGBT students feel safe at school, and make them feel free to be themselves, based on her own experiences and seeing how having a negative environment would hurt the student,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.