about me


Limited Resources Teacher Training (LRTT) fellow, Uganda, 2018            

Sontag Prize in Urban Education, 2017

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, New Paltz, 2016

Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice -Honor Roll, 2015

Gilder-Lehrman Fellow, Harvard College, 2014

Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching, Finland, 2012-13

Orange County Distinguished Service Award, July 2012

Outstanding Teacher Leader Award, NECSD, 2011


Bachelor of Arts 

State University of New York at Purchase  major: Literature    2002

Master of Arts in Teaching     ELA 7-12

State University of New York at New Paltz     2007


Excelsior Academy, NECSD 

  • English Teacher    9/2007-present


  • Co-Director  2016-present, Teacher Consultant  1/2009-8/2016




  • Writing Tutor   12/2004 – 2007



Nomadic Matt

Hudson Valley Press

Senator Larkin Recognizes NFA English Teacher for Prestigious Fulbright Award Distinction

Hudson Valley Press

Washington Post

New Paltz Oracle

8 Responses to about me

  1. John Gamba says:

    Just watched your video on US vs. Finland in terms of education reform. Great analysis. Fair and balanced! We are working on a digital, project-based, social learning platform that helps build competencies for college and career readiness. Check us out @ http://www.massiveu.com

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  3. Maggie says:

    You are awesome. Just saw your flip-book movie about the privatization of our public schools. Thank you for making that for all of us. I’m a CA ELA teacher who taught 5 years in San Francisco, 2 in New York, 1 in Los Angeles, and now in first year in Orange County which is a trip. Keep up the good work and thank you again.

  4. tgillespie27 says:

    I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. If you are interested in accepting it please click on my link and the info is there (under Rules). I tried very hard to pick people whom I felt truly deserved it!Thank-you!!

  5. Abid says:

    I am impressed. Please visit my health webpage http://abiiid.com/dxn-ganoderma/

  6. Mary Sawyer says:

    You are my hero, Christine! We watched your :A Message to Parents…” in Student Teaching Seminar last night. I also loved your post on Finnish hockey!

  7. denib14 says:

    Thank you for taking the time to read my blog xx

  8. Can’t wait to start reading about this incredible opportunity in Finland!! All the luck, read you soon, Alexandra (an architect teaching Advanced English in Mexico…)

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