Teaching and Learning Connections


Partnering with school districts to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

About Us


Teaching and Learning Connections is owned and operated by Dr. Cristina Rodríguez Chen, a bilingual (native Spanish speaker) professional educator, with over 23 years of leadership experience in the areas of Bilingual/ESL, General Education, Gifted and Talented, Special Education diagnostics, programming, and support services. Dr. Rodríguez Chen received her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Her areas of concentration were in Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Educational Leadership. Her dissertation topic focused on Culturally Competent Evaluations for Special Education. She has served as a special education administrator for over 18 years.  Dr. Rodríguez Chen has presented at state and national conferences on varied topics related to students with disabilities and cultural diversity. She has presented as Key Note Speaker for the Texas Educational Diagnostician Association Conference.  


She holds certifications in Oklahoma and Texas in the following areas: Superintendent of Schools, Principal, Special Education K-12, Classroom Teacher Generalist EC-4, Classroom Bilingual Generalist EC-4, Classroom Educational Diagnostician PK-12, Generic Special Education PK-12, and 30 Hour Training for Gifted and Talented. She is certified as a Texas Registered Professional Educational Diagnostician and Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician. She received the Outstanding Graduate Student in Educational Psychology from the University of North Texas in April 2015. Dr. Rodríguez Chen was recently a recipient of the Legacy Wall Honor Award by Thomas A. Edison Elementary in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Rodríguez Chen serves as an adjunct professor for the Department of Human Services  at Stephen F. Austin University and for  Dallas Baptist University’s College of Education, Special Education Department.