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Full Name
Christine Girtain
School/Organization
Toms River High School South & Toms River High School North
Job Title
Director of Authentic Science Research
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NJ State Teacher of the Year
Bio

Christine Girtain loves to learn and inspires others to love learning. She has been a Secondary Science Educator in Toms River, NJ for 28 years teaching Biology, Earth Science, and Authentic Science Research. Girtain has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in education from The College of New Jersey & a Master of Arts degree in Earth Science Instruction & Curriculum from Kean University. Girtain student taught in Lancaster England. Christine has been recognized twice as her school’s Teacher of the Year. She is the 2022 National Association of Biology Teachers Genetics Educator of the Year, 2022-2023 Ocean County Teacher of the Year, 2021 Army Education Outreach Educator of the Year, New Jersey STEM Pathways 2019 STEM Teacher of the Year, and a 2021 New Jersey state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching awaiting final selection by the Whitehouse. Partnering with Penn State, the Army & Navy, Christine is building an equitable K-12 STEM Pipeline to help students find their STEM identities and create a sustainable workforce. She has taken students to do research in Costa Rica with Seeds of Change & on educational tours in Europe. Girtain is a Rutgers Waksman Scholar with several sequences published by students on NCBI on the EST and Nucleotide databases. She is interested in DNA Barcoding, Bioinformatics, Nanotechnology, Global STEM partnerships, and Wolbachia research. She will be directing TR Biotech Summer Workshops for students in her area. Girtain is a national presenter & advocate for increasing agricultural literacy working with Nourish the Future, the National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board, the Beef Checkoff & The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. Girtain wants her students to find a passion for whatever career they choose. Girtain works hard to secure grants to fund STEM learning. She is proud to be a Rotarian and loves doing ancestry research.

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