Earthquakes and rainbows have fascinated Christina Shimaitis since she was a child. Now, as a graduate student in the secondary education program at SUNY New Paltz, she is studying to be a high school earth science teacher.
Christina's passion for the earth sciences has led her to conduct research within the region. This past year, she studied the water supply in Gardiner, N.Y. The area has no central water supply, but as a growing town, needs one. Christina investigated the area that could supply the town with water.
Christina presented her findings at the Geological Society of America's Northeast Conference this past March in Saratoga, N.Y. The Geological Society of America also published her abstract in a book containing student and professional work.
"It was a nice honor to be recognized," said Christina.
Next semester, Christina will be student teaching at Wallkill High School in a regents-level earth science class.
"I've wanted to be a teacher since I was a 6-year-old," said Christina. "To have a couple of kids in a class look up to you as a role model is an excellent opportunity."
Quote: "Why not do something you're passionate about, instead
of something you're just good at?"
Interests: Cooking, gardening and taking her dogs hiking at Minnewaska
Motivation: "A lot of my drive comes from me. I've always tried to do well, excel and give 150 percent," said Christina.
Little-Known-Fact: Christina is the first person in her family to attend college.