I completed my undergrad at the University of Lethbridge, where I did a combined degree in Biology and Education. During my undergrad I was awarded 3 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards to complete summer research projects, which introduced me to the world of scientific research. Two of these I completed with Dr. Andy Hurly, on behavioural ecology, specifically the risk sensitive foraging behaviour and spatial decision making of wild rufous hummingbirds in the mountains of southwestern Alberta. The third project was with Dr. Theresa Burg in molecular ecology, looking specifically at mountain chickadee speciation patterns following the last ice age. I also worked as a research assistant for two different projects in the psychology department.
Following my undergrad, I sought to put my teaching degree into action. After a move to the Guelph area, I began working at the Guelph Lake and Rockwood Nature Centres, where I led nature field trips and nature camps for children from JK to grade 12. I also worked as a Program Coordinator for Family Housing at the University of Guelph.
Two years later I moved to Regina Saskatchewan, and began my teaching career in earnest, teaching high school with the Regina Public School Board. Over my 7 years in this position I taught primarily Science (Biology, Environmental Science, Health Science and Science 9) and Computer Science, though I also taught a wide range of other subjects.
I recently returned to Guelph, and I am now beginning my MSc with Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs, looking at the big question of "How do we change the way we change curriculum in higher ed?" This will include examining how decisions are made about what to teach in university courses and programs, as well as looking at the efficacy of innovative teaching methods, particularly in terms of agri-food education.
MSc - University of Guelph - started Fall 2020
BSc - University of Lethbridge (2010)
BEd - University of Lethbridge (2010)
Twitter - @ChristineMishra