Christina’s love of reading started at a very young age when she would climb a tree with a book and spend hours rapt by the tales of characters from all over the world and different times. This led to her move to New York City where she received her B.A. in English at Hunter College. While in New York City, she discovered her passion for education, social justice issues, traveling, and blogging. During this time, Christina volunteered to assist with the start-up of the creative writing portion of The Children’s Theatre Company. There, she developed lesson plans, taught classes, and helped children showcase their written talents alongside other creative endeavors. She also volunteered at a women’s homeless shelter, which solidified her resolve to work toward social justice in education.
Later, Christina moved to Buffalo, where she received her M.Ed. in English Education and pursued her excitement about education in a world of blended and online-learning. During her graduate education, Christina researched the influence of technology in learning environments and the importance of students developing voice and inquiry skills in the larger world through their English classes. She had the opportunity to present her findings on a panel at the 2011 NCTE Annual Convention in Chicago. Her research led to a desire to investigate how teachers create opportunities of inquiry for a diverse student population to act in the larger world using multiple literacies as their tools. Christina is currently working for Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES as the newest Distance Learning Teacher.