Christina E. Taylor traveled around Europe, Asia and worked in Australia before she started her career in education and settled down in Long Island. Raised bilingually and multiculturally, with footsteps over four continents, she truly feels like a global citizen, blessed with the best of all possible worlds.
Christina first studied in Tsinghua University, the equivalent of MIT in the United States, for her B.S. in Automotive Engineering-Body Design. A fortuitous encounter with her European Literature professor changed the course of her life: In the light of Humanities, the world around her was no longer the same! Against all odds, she pursued a second bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. In 2010, she graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University’s M.A. program in English Education with honors. She is currently a career counselor and NYS certified teacher. A role model of depth, intellect, and determination, her mission is to become what her professor has been for her – someone who not only instructs, but also inspires the next generation of students.
Christina is passionate about working with students and families. She has taught a diverse range of students, from non-traditional learners in urban colleges, to motivated freshmen at Bronx Science and Baruch College. She is devoted to designing student-centered programs to foster each individual’s growth into an independent learner, critical thinker, and to realize his/her fullest potential. She incorporates new technology, creative projects, arts and cultural studies to accomplish learning objectives. Energetic, compassionate, and with a unique sense of humor, she establishes genuine connections with students and excites them with learning: Her interpretation of composition rubrics (meaningfulness, development, organization, language use, and conventions) has been lovingly cited and remembered by students as “the five pillars of effective writing by Ms. Taylor. A large percentage of her students have been ESL students and American teenagers interested in learning Mandarin Chinese. She has established a great rapport with such students and their families; she regularly receives their enthusiastic recommendations. Her outstanding achievements are recognized by supervisors as well. Her cooperating teacher, Mr. Hannon, praised her as “highly intelligent, reliable, dedicated and very creative.”
In addition to teaching and private tutoring, Christina also has experience in college counseling, career advising, creative design, and business development. She has assisted numerous students in applying for colleges and/or jobs. She has been instrumental in enabling a selected group of Chinese students’ admission into prestigious American universities, such as University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. With her connections in Beijing, she likewise helps American high school students secure exchange programs in top-tier Chinese universities, while earning college credits.
Christina enjoys outdoor recreation, fitness training, cooking, reading and writing. Her favorite subjects involve speculative fiction, classical literature and philosophy, as well as the history of modern China.