Teaching and Outreach

When I was in middle school, I became disinterested in science due to a few bad experiences in the classroom. An interdisciplinary science class for non-majors at Emerson College finally got me interested in the subject and I’ve been passionate about science education since that turning point.

In 2007 I received my M.A.T. in Secondary Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. From 2007-2008 I taught science to grades 6-10 at All Hallows Catholic School in Farnham, England, then returned to New York to teach biology at Albany High School from 2008-2009. In 2010 I taught 8th grade science at Draper Middle School.

At Boston University, I have served as a Teaching Fellow for the following courses:

In 2017 I was selected to be a mentor to 4 first-year teaching fellows at Boston University. As a teaching mentor, I conduct observations and give my mentees feedback and advice for improving their teaching practices.

I have developed an outreach program with my advisor Karen Warkentin. We work with middle- and high-school teachers to develop educational materials based on Warkentin Lab research, so that our work can be widely disseminated and inspire young students to become interested frogs and tropical biology.

In 2015 I received the Boston University award for Outstanding Teaching Fellow in Biology. You can read the article here.

“Kristina was nominated by Professors Sean Mullen, Fred Wasserman and Karen Warkentin, for her outstanding contributions to all areas of teaching in the Department of Biology over the last five years. All of her letter writers were full of praise and admiration. Professor Mullen writes “To say that Kristina did an outstanding job is, frankly, an understatement – she was an absolutely critical component of what made the course successful”. Professor Wasserman writes simply “She is as good a teacher as any of the Teaching Fellows I have had during my 38 years at Boston University”. Kristina’s dedication to and enthusiasm for teaching is clear, not only in the classroom but in all aspects of modern university teaching.

Outside of the classroom, Kristina has been instrumental in the inclusion of a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) component in one of Professor Warkentin¹s funded NSF projects, and leveraging the RET for greater impact via collaborative development of resources for high school science teaching. She has also been superb in the mentoring of many undergraduates in Prof. Warkentin’s lab at BU and in the field in Panama, helping them with UROP applications, research, conference presentations and their personal growth and development. Professor Warkentin writes “Her (Kristina’s) skill, effort, dedication, and performance as a teacher, and her vision for improving pedagogy more broadly have been clear throughout her time at BU”.