Christina Roman has had the opportunity to serve in various teaching and educational leadership roles in her 10 year tenure as an educator. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in English and Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. After starting her career in the charter school sector, she continued her education to earn her principal’s certificate through New Jersey’s NJEXCEL program.
The pedagogy of early childhood education as well as literacy education spanning K-12 has been a passion of Christina‘s since high school when she began working with preschool students. Christina always thought she would teach in the K-3 setting, but found herself in 5th and 6th grade ELA her first two years of teaching. In year two of looping with her students, 96% of her 6th grade students were proficient or advanced proficient on the NJASK. This led to her first leadership position as a Curriculum Supervisor in a brand-new K-5 charter school. During the course of her tenure with the charter organization, Christina was on the building-based administrative team, as an assistant principal and principal, that opened 3 brand new schools from the ground up in urban cities across Passaic County.
As principal, Christina introduced Max Scholar to her Kindergarten students and teachers. This digital, Orton-Gillingham based phonics program was the first in the district to be implemented as a part of the district’s balanced literacy curriculum. Through collaboration with the Kindergarten team, consistent review of it’s implementation, and strategic analysis of data, Kindergarten fluency scores improved in Christina‘s school by 110% in its first year of implementation.
Christina believes in the power of teachers continuing to add “tools to their toolkit” as they continue on their educational journey, remembering that a teacher’s most valuable resource are the other teachers right beside them.