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Cris Mytko

Faculty

Christine Mytko

Fifth and Seventh Grade Science Teacher, K-8 STEAM Coordinator, Seventh Grade Dean of Students

Christine Mytko is the fifth and seventh grade science teacher, K-8 STEAM coordinator, and seventh grade dean of students. An avid life-long learner, Ms. Mytko has a B.S. in the teaching of biology from the University of Illinois, an M.S. in advanced education with a focus on science and technology from Northwestern University, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley. She is a frequent presenter at edtech conferences, science festivals, and maker faires, twice winning the Exploratorium’s Iron Science Teacher competition. In 2012, she was selected to participate in the Centers for Disease Control’s Science Ambassador program in Atlanta, GA, and was invited to return in 2016 as a peer facilitator. She spent two summers working with scientists at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory helping to develop their science outreach program and, as a result of her ALS and maker work, Ms. Mytko and her students were invited to share their 3D data visualization project at the White House Maker Faire in June 2014. Concurrent with her time at BPC, Ms. Mytko also worked for two years as a curriculum developer at the Lawrence Hall of Science’s Learning Design Group, creating NGSS-aligned engineering curriculum. She currently teaches adult and family improv classes with Berkeley Improv and performs with her own comedy troupe, The Berkeley Players. Ms. Mytko heads up BPC’s Maker Club, Improv Club, and Yearbook, and more often than not is 3D printing something in her classroom. Ms. Mytko has a special affinity for synchrotrons, fish mummies, and bicycles. She joined the Black Pine Circle School faculty in 2007.

Teaching Since

1998

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Why I Work with Children

I enjoy teaching middle school, specifically, as we support students in developing from children into their more independent, young adult selves. Kids provide a constant stream of inspiration towards innovation, as their reaction to any idea is, “We could totally do that!”

A Favorite Book

Creative Confidence by IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner. It explores ways to unleash the creativity that lies within every one of us–I find it very inspiring!

Quick Fact

Mad for AR, VR, improv and chickens

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Performed music in South Africa during the end of legal apartheid.

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Keeps up with friends around the world

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Working on a young adult utopian-dystopian novel

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Stephanie Piper

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Obsessed with the Salem witchcraft trials

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