Upon arrival in Hewler in June, 2005, Christina was employed as an English Language Instructor at the University of Salahaddin Language Center. Her responsibilities included administering objective placement tests, lesson planning, instruction, and assessment. In 2007, she began teaching at UKH where she has been employed since as an EAP instructor in the Access Program. In 2009, she completed a TESOL certificate, and in 2010 began a Master's program in Humanities with an English emphasis from Tiffin University.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Christina spent five years in Chicago where she pursued an interdisciplinary education in a variety of subjects including international studies, history, literature, ESL, and counseling. Her first experience with ESL learners was in 2002 with a diverse group of refugee children from Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia, Sierra Leone, and Iraq as the co-director for Children's Programming at World Relief. She remained involved in the children's program until departing for Arbil in 2005 with a B.A. in International Studies.