Year of Graduation: 2019
Degree: Master of Science in Education in Literacy; Post Masters Supervisor Endorsement
Job Title: RTI Reading Interventionist
Current Academic Program: Ed.D. Educational Leadership, School of Education, Monmouth University
Meet Our Alum
Christina M. Partyka completed her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education K-5 & 5-8, English Literature in 2013 from Kean University. In May 2018 Christina enrolled in Monmouth University’s Literacy Graduate Program immediately after completing her Orton Gillingham (Dyslexia Specialist) Certification through Fairleigh Dickinson University. Having a passion for Literacy, Christina was eager to become a Reading Specialist. Courses for the Literacy program are a combination of online, hybrid, and in-person in format. There are four clinical opportunities for graduate students to work with students in a one-to-one or small-group setting over the course of a semester. These clinical experiences provide graduate students with an opportunity to use new assessment tools, apply strategies, and work with students in various grade levels, as a reading specialist does. Prior to graduating with the degree, Christina’s employer, Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District, transferred her to the position of RTI Reading Interventionist.
In the spring of 2019, Christina was inducted into the Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor Society, Beta Pi Chapter, of the International Literacy Association. Currently, Christina holds the position of President of the Beta Pi Chapter of the AUA. Christina was also on the expert panel and conducted a break-out session at the 2019 Fall Literacy Symposium, held annually through the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Monmouth University.
After completing the program in August 2019, Christina enrolled in the doctoral program in the School of Education in the fall of 2019. Her goal is to complete the program and graduate in the summer of 2021 with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Christina continues working at the Early Childhood and Literacy Center as Dr. Steiner and Dr. Rizzuto’s graduate assistant. In addition, Christina will begin teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the Summer 2020 session at Monmouth University in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.