Dr. Christine Powell’s passion for teaching and the ‘art of learning’ started with earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine. She continued her studies at Old Dominion University in Virginia, earning a Master’s Degree in Special Education with endorsements in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Her fascination with the neurobiology of learning and interest in twice-exceptional students resulted in obtaining a Postgraduate Professional License in Gifted Education from the University of Virginia. In 2017, while teaching special education full-time in Southern California, she earned a Doctorate in Education Administration and Leadership from California Lutheran University, under the mentorship of renowned Autism Researcher, Dr. Edlyn Pena. Dr. Powell currently heads the Corwin Read2Earn Program through the Education Leadership Department at California Lutheran University.
Making a difference in the lives of students drives her work, and she is continually integrating research-based pedagogy into her practice. Her drive to stay current in education research and best practices has led Christine to pursue specialized training using multi-sensory approaches to learning (Orton-Gillingham & Wilson Reading systems), as well as undergoing targeted training in executive functioning and behavior management.
When working with students, Christine utilizes a strength-based approach, which considers each student’s unique learning profiles. Lessons are individually planned and built around the strengths, interests, talents, and experiences of learners. Her methods are a unique blend of research-based practices, brain science, mental models, and shared learning goals. A key factor in a student‘s success is connecting to a positive teacher/mentor. This research is a part of the reason she founded LearningByConnecting.
Her students continue to inspire and fuel her own learning. She is a Fulbright Scholar; Google Educator; Accessibility expert with UCLA Smarter Balanced Consortium; Education Conference Presenter, published researcher (peer-reviewed) (JAASEP/NASET) and writes on access and equity issues centered on students with diverse learning needs. Christine has two children, Conner and Callahan, and currently resides in Southern California.
Active Membership and Involvement in Education:
Fulbright Scholar (US Department of State)
Distinguished Award in Teaching -Singapore 2019
National Education Association; CA Teachers Association
National Association of Special Education Teachers
California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)
Council of Exceptional Children
Teaching and Education Research Association (TERA)
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Editorial Review Board: National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET); Journal of the American Association of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP).
Member: American Association of Career Technical Educators
Laubaugh Literacy Volunteer
Small Business owner- Education Therapy