Christina Marie Jean
Christina has dedicated her career to education, with a focus on improving learning opportunities and outcomes for all students. She brings that passion to her work with Evergreen where she conducts research, writes, facilitates professional learning and networks, and develops tools and processes in support of practitioners and leaders. After nearly fifteen years in education, Christina has a wealth of knowledge and experience from working in a variety of roles inside of K-12 education and higher ed, which she brings to bear in her work at Evergreen.
Beginning her career as a classroom teacher, Christina has taught students in every walk of life from pre-school to Masters programs. Upon leaving the classroom to pursue her doctorate from the University of Colorado- Denver in Leadership for Educational Equity, she began a position working at the central office in Denver Public Schools helping to start the Denver Teacher Residency. When philanthropic funding shifted focus to Blended and Personalized Learning, Christina provided support to educators, schools, and throughout the system in DPS as they adopted and implemented more technology-enabled learning. After leaving DPS Christina held positions working at a statewide level, first as the Director of Innovation and School Choice at the Colorado Department of Education, and then as a the Director of Next Generation Learning. In those roles she worked with colleagues to support high quality implementation of online and blended learning, and to support educators, schools, and districts in realizing a progressive vision for student learning and outcomes. In addition to her role with Evergreen, Christina maintains a consulting practice related to supporting systems change for educational equity.
She lives in Denver with her French Bulldog Bubba. A Colorado native, Christina enjoys spending time outdoors hiking. She avoids I-70 traffic in the winter, but also enjoys snow shoeing and skiing. Christina's an avid traveller, and loves to explore new places whether they're near or far from home. Some of her favorite places (so far) are Malaysia, the Grant Tetons National Park, New Hampshire in fall, and Washington D.C.. Cooking and baking are her favorite indoor past-times. Once her career in education has wrapped up, she intends to open a pie shop using her grandmother's pie crust recipe.