Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Christina Ellard

An Outstanding Islander

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She's the Tops

Christina Ellard hoped that working for the College of Education would provide her with the networking opportunities and motivation to become an elementary school teacher. So with the help of Career Services, the Austin, Texas native began a work study position in the Teacher Education department in October 2008. Two years later, the first-generation college student was humbled by being chosen from a field of more than 1,000 student workers on campus and named the 2010-2011 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Student Employee of the Year. She received praise for her reliability, quality of work in preparing projects and professionalism in fostering a welcoming, collegial atmosphere. She also assumed responsibility for duties that would have been done by a full-time administrative assistant. Ellard, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a reading specialization in December 2012, says that during her first visit to the Island University, she felt an immediate attachment to the campus that prompted her to excel not only academically, but within her job. She has helped professors prepare for class, run errands and assisted with the Teacher Induction ceremonies. She has worked with more than 20 faculty members and understands what goes on behind the scenes of becoming a teacher. Within the department, she looks up to Dr. Denise Hill and Rebecca Flores, mentors who have exemplified what it means to be dedicated, professional and hard working.  At home, Ellard credits her mother for inspiring her to help others and to excel in her studies. Ellard first developed a taste for teaching through her involvement in the Ready, Set, Teach program at Del Valle High School and as a member of College Forward. She has continued her involvement with these organizations and currently mentors students from the greater Austin area who choose to attend the Island University. Her campus activities include serving as president for the Multicultural Greek Council which supervises the sororities and fraternities that fall under the council, and officiating as the Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority chapter vice president. She has volunteered to raise monies for Corpus Christi’s Alzheimer’s Awareness, feed the homeless and assist at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center’s Navidad de los Ninos.

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