"It is little by little that we are able to institute the changes which will ultimately improve education for children," says Christine Whitcome, a seventh grade science teacher at Eagle Valley Middle School in Carson City. Ms. Whitcome's association with several educational organizations at the local, state and national level has allowed her to participate widely in the shaping of educational policy. As a member of the Board of Examiners of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, she has helped define and regulate teaching standards. Her service at the district level has given her the opportunity to work in curriculum development, policies for site-based decision- making and strategies for drug education. Her openness to experimental and innovative techniques of education has made Ms. Whitcome an important contributor to her school's implementation of an integrated science curriculum, core learning, inclusion for special education students and block scheduling.
The above words were spoken in 1995 when Christine became a Milken educator. In 2016 she retired after 42 years of teaching middle and high school science. In 2017 she was given the opportunity to help prepare new teachers. She is now Assistant Professor of Teacher Educator at Sierra Nevada College, a small liberal arts college on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Christine is now able to influence the next generation of teachers and prepare them for the rigors and realities of teaching today. In addition to her teaching load she advises students and coordinates all practicums in northern Nevada students. Researching and keeping up with current practices is important to Christine. She frequently quips, “Where else can I work where they pay me to do professional reading at work?”
1973 University of Nevada - Las Vegas, B.A.