Christine Kola 

Earth Science Research instructor, Lang Science Program, American Museum of Natural History 

Christine Kola was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She has been teaching in New York City for the past sixteen years. She is currently an Earth Science and Science Research teacher in a New York City high school in the Bronx. She discovered her love for paleontology while teaching an Earth's history unit to her students. Her classroom now reflects her passion for this topic with many resources for the students including books, replicas, and actual fossils.

The American Museum of Natural History has always been one of Christine's favorite places to visit when growing up. She was fascinated with the dinosaur halls and spent most of her time there. Christine's work with the museum started twelve years ago when she participated in the professional development of a new middle school science exit project initiative called Urban Advantage. For the past seven years, Christine has been an instructor in the Lang Science Program and the After School Program. She teaches geology and paleontology courses to students in grades six through twelve.

Spare time for Christine is usually devoted to outdoors and science. She enjoys hiking and running half marathons and full marathons. Christine's favorite fossil experience is volunteering for Marmarth Research Foundation every summer in North Dakota starting three years ago