Krishtine joined CHP as a Teacher in 2007. Prior, she spent three summers working with children at the Staten Island and Prospect Park Zoos.
Krishtine received her Bachelor’s in Neuroscience and Behavior with a focus in learning and behavior, from Vassar College, where she worked in the nursery school. Krishtine recently completed her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Special Education at Hunter College.
Krishtine went to elementary and high school in Park Slope. Originally she intended to be a veterinarian (her favorite animals are elephants and crocodiles) but since the sight of blood leaves her weak in the knees, she decided to pursue a career in education.
What is your motto?
I suppose the quote I heard that went something like “People will not necessarily remember what you say to them, but how you make them feel.” That and the 7th Generation quote, “In our ever deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions for the next seven generations.”
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
When writing informally, I tend to use many exclamation points and ellipses…
Which talent would you like to have?
To be trilingual, (English), Spanish and French. To sew like my grandma. To cook totally from scratch. To swim in the Olympics.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I’ve been told that I smile a lot…and that I get antsy easy…I don’t sit still very well for long periods of time.
What is your favorite journey?
Traveling in France with my sister when we were very tight on funds. Let’s just say that we learned to be resourceful.
Where would you like to live?
Near the border of France & Spain (to) practice my language skills. A farm or out in nature somewhere …
Who are your favorite heroes or heroines?
I don’t have heroes or heroines per se, but there are some people I admire for their deep rooted integrity, faith and commitments to others: Jothi Chetty (Director of Asha Deep Foundation), Gary Haugen (International Justice Mission), and, for fun, Martha Graham and Crocodile Hunter.