Christy Austin was hired as an assistant professor of education in 2010. The previous nine years, she has taught third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Pringle Elementary School in Salem. She also taught fourth grade at Kennedy Elementary School from 1999 to 2001 and was a special instructional assistant for schools in the Salem and Keizer areas in the mid-1990s. She was also an ESL teacher at George Fox and Linfield College in the early 1990s.
Christine earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Willamette University in 1999 and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and ESL certificate from Portland State in 1989. In the 1980s, she and her family lived in China for two years while teaching engineering students English.