Nury Castillo Crawford has a positive track record of being a transformational leader, with over 25 years of experience in the public education sector. Her journey as a leader in education has included collaborations with community stakeholders in order to maximize resources and information for the students and families she advocates for. She has been a teacher, a school administrator and a district level leader. Nury is originally from Peru and emigrated to the USA when she was a young girl. She values education and knows that it is an important variable in ensuring the success of our country’s youth.
Nury is also an entrepreneur and uses her vision to support literacy all around. As a bilingual Latina, she is the proud owner of 1010 Publishing, a small press in GA that disseminates about 5 bilingual books annually. She recently opened THE little BOOK SPOT- a multilingual bookstore in Metro Atlanta, along with a brick and mortar free library. Both entities were created to increase access to literacy and literacy related resources with an emphasis in bilingual and biliterate books that reflect biculturalism and pride in ancestry and culture.
Nury has been recognized nationally for her work and leadership including in 2022 being recognized as a national Latino leader and a recipient of the TUMI Award, a recognition highlighting the leadership of Peruvian Americans in the USA. Among other recognitions include being named “50 Most Influential Latinos” for three years in a row, 2019, 2020 and 2021. She was also named National Educator of the Year by Mundo Hispanico. Recently she was highlighted in a national organization focused on the elevation and empowerment of the Latino community in the USA, “The Hispanic Rising Star: The New Face of Power”. She is a sought national speaker in the areas of parent involvement, education, mentoring, equity, and bilingualism. She has authored numerous books and continues to present throughout the country, highlighting the role Latinos have in American culture.
She has been featured in national media in both English and Spanish, including but not limited to ABC, NBC, CBC, NPR, Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper, Mundo Hispanico newspaper, many national blogs and podcasts, and local television stations.