Brian Cristi is an educator with more than six years of experience in the field. Mr. Cristi is a 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he received his Bachelor's degree in Communications. He then went on to earn his Master's degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University. In addition, Brian Cristi possesses Type 03 and Type 04 Initial, Standard, Provisional, and Resident (ISBOE) certifications in the state of Illinois.
After completing his educational requirements, Brian Cristi began working as a Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten & Toddler Teacher at the One Hope United Development Center in Des Plaines, Illinois. His duties included leading classrooms using the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), planning learning activities, assessing student achievements, utilizing storytelling as a teaching tool, and modeling appropriate social and emotional behavioral skills to his students. In addition to his teaching roles, Brian Cristi also served as a Camp Counselor at One Hope United Development Center in the summer of 2010, creating community-building activities, engaging children in creative projects, promoting physical fitness, planning field trips, and more.
In 2009, Brian Cristi accepted a position as a Learning Resource Paraprofessional for Augustus Burley Elementary in Chicago, where he was responsible for supervising students school-wide during arrivals and recess, assisting special needs and special education students, overseeing a behavior modification plan for children with special needs, special education classroom support, and assisting the Preschool Teacher with class activities. Currently, Brian Cristi is pursuing additional training in education at National Louis University in Chicago.