Everest High School
Redwood City, California
Christopher Lewine attributes his desire to teach to a deeply-rooted passion for social justice. Growing up in Brazil and the United States, Christopher had the unique opportunity to experience different cultures, while witnessing vast disparities that he wishes to confront through education. "Having the opportunity to help others less fortunate sparked a fire to fight inequality that continues to burn strongly."
The oldest of 26 cousins, Christopher credits his parents for influencing him to pursue teaching as a career. His father, the first member of his family to go to college, passed along to his son a belief in the power of education. Christopher graduated magna cum laude with a BA in economics from Yale University, where he also designed curriculum for health workshops in New Haven public schools. While studying at the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), he worked with experienced teachers on an intensive algebra course, a turning point for him. "I saw the power of quality teaching in action, as self-professed math haters left the classroom feeling confident about their improved abilities."
Christopher is an avid volunteer who has traveled to Ghana to build public latrines for a rural village, and interned in the office of the mayor of João Pessoa, Brazil, where he helped develop project proposals for the betterment of the city. Fluent in Portuguese and French, Christopher spends his free time rock climbing and playing the French horn. He is a recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Teaching Fellowship.