Cory Montalvo

A native to Colorado, Cory reimagines and designs the learning spaces of the future with local communities. His work with students and families is informed by his passions for storytelling, social justice, and retrofuturism. Cory’s professional interests and projects are rooted in building responsive educational systems that help youth develop into agile learners.

Cory’s career in education has crossed great rivers, including experiences in Colombia and South Africa. He currently is piloting a media arts integrated program called Youth Empowerment Broadcasting Organization as a School Launcher Fellow with Moonshot edVentures. Prior to Moonshot, Cory served as a dean of students and culture, a K-5 teaching intern and paraprofessional, and a site coordinator for Reading Partners. In 2014, Cory was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to South Africa. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado Denver with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing, and a minor in Ethnic Studies.

Cory also serves as a founding board member for the Colorado Youth Congress, where he supports youth in their efforts to work across lines of difference in service of the public good and create systems-level change. He is excited to explore policy and enhance his educational career as a Donnell-Kay fellow. Cory’s vision is a society in which youth drive conversations and use their talents and gifts to uplift their heritage and create solutions for their community's most pressing challenges, as well as a community that embraces the motto: “To the stars, through difficulties!”