Christina Riggio is a middle school social studies teacher at JHS 117 Joseph H. Wade Academies in the Bronx, New York. JHS 117 is a district school encompassing grades 6-8. Christina has engaged in mentoring new teachers, leading the Social Studies Department at her school, administering after-school programs for struggling students, and designing the social studies curriculum for grades 6, 7 and 8. Christina received a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2007, as well as a M.S. in Childhood Education from Pace University in 2012 while a corps member in Teach For America. As a member of the 2012 SPA cohort, Christina looks forward to meeting and engaging with inspired, thoughtful, and driven educators who are working toward the betterment of the educational system at local, state, and national levels.