Cristina Veresan

Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

Cristina Veresan recently joined the middle school faculty at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, California, where she teaches 5th grade Earth/environmental science, 6th grade physics and a citizen science elective. Passionate about environmental education, she excels at developing programs of field study in local ecosystems. Her students are empowered as planetary stewards. Cristina’s exemplary teaching was recognized early in her career when she was named 2012 St. Lucie County Teacher of the Year. In addition to over ten years in the classroom, Cristina has served as a school Science Department Chair, Science Fair Coordinator and a district K-12 Science Curriculum Supervisor.

Her ability to transition between the roles of student and teacher, often and with great enthusiasm, has facilitated Cristina’s success as an educator. Cristina was honored with a 2015-2016 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship and spent that year advancing education policy in the U.S. Senate Office of Senator Al Franken (D-MN). She has conducted fisheries research in Alaska as a NOAA Teacher at Sea and investigated Hawaiian culture-based science as a University of Hawaii Ethnomathematics and STEM Institute Scholar. Yet her most significant professional association is with National Geographic Education; she was thrilled to explore Artic Svalbard as a 2014 National Geographic-Lindblad Expeditions Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and is currently a National Geographic Educator Certification teacher trainer.

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