Day in the Life
Arlette De La Cruz

About Arlette

Arlette De La Cruz
The Broad Residency 2018-2020

Ana Maria Aristizabal is a member of The Broad Residency's 2018-2020 cohort.

May 29
6:30 a.m.

My alarm goes off.  I snooze it.

7:00 a.m.

The second alarm goes off and I get out of bed.  I start my day getting ready and packing my lunch.

7:50 a.m.

I head out the door to BART to Oakland.  I commute on public transit almost everywhere I go.

8:45 a.m.

I get to the office and prep my tea.  I review my calendar and email to see what’s ahead for the day.

9:00 a.m.

I draft a ParentSquare (a messaging system we use to communicate with families and school site staff) message to families to share updates about the construction project at our elementary school.  I’m the project manager for this and send periodic messages to staff and families to share progress and other information.

9:30 a.m.

I have my biweekly Enrollment Check-In with our Berkeley Maynard Academy (BMA) school.  The business manager is unavailable.

10:00 a.m.

I have my weekly check-in with my manager.  We run through a status list of last week’s items and then check in on upcoming deadlines.  We discuss our strategic plan and milestones for next year.

11:00 a.m.

I have my biweekly Enrollment Check-In with our ERES Academy school.  I speak to the Business Manager about her enrollment numbers.  They’re doing okay.  This is one of our schools that has strict capacity constraints so it’s always hard to try to over enroll and create a buffer against attrition.

11:30 a.m.

I check and answer emails.

12:00 p.m.

I have lunch at my desk.  I’ve signed up for a vegan/vegetarian meal delivery service and have a salad every lunch to help me have healthier meals.

12:30 p.m.

I download the enrollment updates for this week.  I create graphs and draft the email message to Principals, Superintendents, and other stakeholders sharing the week’s enrollment updates and shout outs. I add the update to the weekly regional newsletter.

I answer emails in between.

2:00 p.m.

I research the California School Finance Authority grant guidelines.  We have a grant that will help pay for the construction project I’m helping to manage.

3:00 p.m.

I work on the outstanding project management tasks for the construction project.  I get quotes from vendors and fill out internal templates to submit to Finance.

I answer emails.

4:00 p.m.

I have my biweekly check-in with the Chamberlin Family Foundation team that funds and leads the construction project for our school.

4:30 p.m.

I head to BART to head home.

5:15 p.m.

I get home and get ready for my pilates class at 6pm.

6:00 p.m.

Pilates! I really enjoy pilates, it’s part of my health and self-care routine.

7:15 p.m.

I get home, shower, and prep dinner.

8:00 p.m.

I have dinner with my partner. We catch up on our day.  We watch the Daily Show every night. I unplug for the rest of the night, but check email to make sure there’s no emergency and to check out what’s going on tomorrow.

9:00 p.m.

I really unplug and unwind now and watch something else on TV.

11:00 p.m.

I go to bed.