Hometown: Schulenburg, Texas University: Rice University Teaching Interest: High School Social Studies
Christen credits her former teachers for motivating her to become an educator. She says their love and commitment to the profession was a constant inspiration. Aside from her teachers, Christen’s parents have also served as integral motivators. As a first generation college student, Christen strives to provide her future students with educational opportunities that her parents could not access.
In the classroom, Christen intends to help students find meaningful opportunities to work together. She is excited to see students realize that everyone in the classroom has a unique skill set, and is hopeful that teamwork in high school will prepare students for collaboration in their careers.
"A good teacher goes and learns about their students. A great teacher actually takes what they learn and puts that into the classroom." - Christen Smajstrla
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