Christe Wins Teacher of the Year Award


Class of 2016 advisor Christine Christe dances with members of the senior class at the Senior Luau held at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Christine Christe is this year’s Radford teacher of the year. Nominated and voted by her colleagues, it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone why she was selected.

Christe is a fourth year teacher who spent those years at Radford. During her time as Ram, she taught Ceramics, Sports Medicine, and Senior Project. Currently, she teaches health, CPR, and leadership. If that weren’t enough, she also coaches junior varsity girls’ volleyball and is head coach of the varsity boys’ volleyball.

Christe said that she knew she wanted to be a teacher since high school, recalling her relationships with her former teachers and coaches.

“I was always really close to my teachers and coaches. I knew I wanted to have those types of relationships with my students,” she said. “The most rewarding part about teaching is the relationships formed with the students and the long term impact that can be made on their lives.”

She said that she loves all the classes she teaches.

“I also love teaching my senior leadership class,” she said. “They have grown so much since last year and I am very proud of them.”

Outside of her leadership class, she said that she enjoys teaching students about health and certifying them in CPR because they are life long skills and they could potentially save someone’s life one day.

Christe is a graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in Health and Physical Education.

In her free time, she spends it with her husband hiking,  going to the beach, and watching University of Hawaii volleyball games.

She will be recognized at a Hawaii State Teachers Association Excellence luncheon on April 30.