Christine Warner has been teaching since 1979 – completing her bachelor's degree in three years, she began teaching high school in her hometown. While teaching at elementary, middle, and high schools in different states all over the country she earned a master's degree in secondary education and another master's degree in educational psychology. She earned her PhD at The Ohio State University and formally began her college professorship in 1998. By that time, she had been teaching for 19 years, but it was in 2003 when she read Apprenticeship in Thinking: Cognitive Development in the Social Context by Barbara Rogoff (1993) that changed her way of thinking about teaching and impacted her instruction. The book made her more mindful of student cognition within a social classroom setting, and continues to motivate her to always be a reflective practitioner. Warner says, “I cannot imagine a time that I will not be walking into a classroom to continue to teach and learn from my students. I look forward to meeting, sharing, and working with instructors across the campus.”
Dr. Warner has received the Teaching Excellence Award and the College of Education Distinguished Scholarship Award for her research encompassing student cognition and engagement practices in learning. She currently teaches pre-service teachers and graduate students who are already teaching in Language and Literacy, Children’s and Adolescent Literature, and Educational Psychology.