Caroline Chrisinger, Class of 2008
Caroline accepted her first teaching position with Fairfax County Public Schools at Deer Park Elementary!
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education, and a double minor in Childhood Studies and Mild Disabilities. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University in Dec 2012, Caroline went on to receive her Master’s in Special Education in May of 2014 from George Mason University.
Caroline also plans on getting her certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She wants to be able to use ABA therapy with children with autism or pervasive development disorder-not other specified (PDD-NOS) also in her teaching career.
Caroline has been substitute teaching at Mountain View High School which she thoroughly enjoys. She says, “I hope to demonstrate to these students that it is possible to achieve higher education by sharing my story with them. I was once a student sitting in those chairs wondering if I even wanted to go to college. I have conversations discussing with these students that it will be worth their extra time and effort to continue their education. I inform students that I started at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), and received my associates there before moving on to GMU. I explain to them that I received the VFW Post 5412 Scholarship from Mountain View, and each of them can also receive scholarships if they just apply themselves.”
Reflecting on my time at Mountain View High School, Ms. Chrisinger says, “It brings back wonderful memories that I made with the staff, the teachers, and my classmates and ones that I will treasure for a lifetime.”
This school was a great stepping stone for me and helped me discover that I wanted to become a special education teacher. A few particular teachers that I observed while attending Mountain View High School demonstrated such great passion, love, and patience while working with their students that they inspired me to continue my education. You don’t see these types of qualities in teachers everywhere, and it was a privilege to be able to attend Mountain View.