December 6, 2021
Fairfax Futures is pleased to welcome Christine Schull, Ph.D. to the Fairfax Futures Board of Directors. Schull is a professor in the Early Childhood Education program at Northern Virginia Community College where she trains students who are currently in the early childhood field or looking to enter. Prior to her work at NOVA, she was a research fellow for the Rural Poverty Research Institute, where she examined school readiness and physical health. At various stages of her career, she has taught infants, toddlers and preschoolers in child care settings. She also taught first grade in the Spanish immersion program in Fairfax County Public Schools. Schull believes that a crucial part of addressing children's school readiness is by supporting the workforce through professional development. Her most recent work has focused on professional development pathways. She also recently coauthored a textbook on language and literacy from birth to age 5. It is published in a free online repository: https://viva.pressbooks.pub/earlychildhoodliteracy/.
Schull attained her MA in Child Development at Michigan State University and her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. She served as a member of the Virginia School Readiness Committee from 2016-2020.