From an early age, Cristina Galvan has loved nature. She grew up camping every summer in Yosemite with her family. Ms. Galvan received her bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and continued her graduate studies through the Stanford University Teacher Education Program. She recently joined the staff at Impact Academy of Arts and Technology in Hayward, California. She has taught Integrated Science, Biology and Physics. She works hard to provide a rigorous but supportive curriculum for her students, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. In her spare time, Ms. Galvan enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, reading, traveling, and, at times, playing video games. She is excited to be part of PolarTREC and looks forward to sharing her experiences with her class and other teachers.